Limitations of Root Cause Analysis

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Limitations of Root Cause Analysis
Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
The RCA model assumes:
1. Linearity
2. The existence of cause and effect relationship
3. That a system can be broken down into components and each fragment analyzed (reductionism).
In the past, this has been the prevailing thinking since the 1930s.
But in today's reality, many problems have become non-linear with many unknown and unknowable connections amongst human and technical components. For such other problems, other tools are to be preferred. ...

Limitations of Root Cause Analysis
A. Achour, Analyst, Germany, Member
One point to add on RCA models if I may. RCA as known generally focuses on problems then moves on to cause and effect to get to the root cause.

Limitation of Root Cause Analysis in Management
Samir Desai, Manager, India, Member
If one hopes that RCA in management problem will also throw up the results as sharp as the RCA in technical problem (say maintenance) than one is sure...

Requirements of Root Cause Analysis
A. Achour, Analyst, Germany, Member
@Samir Desai: the success of an RCA initiative in problem management depends first and foremost on the following ele...

Linearity is Still a Reasonable Assumption Most of the Time
Bill Wilson, Analyst, Canada, SIG Leader
@Gary Wong, you mentioned the 1930s as a date of origin for root cause... Are you referring to Heinrich's Domino Theory of accident causation, or Toyo...

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Gary Wong, Consultant, Canada, Premium Member
@Bill Wilson: Thanks for catching my typo; it should be the 1950s when Charles Kepner and Ben Tregoe introduced thei...

Linear is Still Reasonable
Marilyn Huser, Analyst, United States, Member
@Bill Wilson: Thank you for covering the analysis that is related to non-abstract problems. Manytimes I've seen prox...


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