Guide to Root Cause Analysis

Fishbone DiagramWhere there's a problem, there has to be a solution! It all depends on the approach you take.

The first step to problem resolution is defining the problem. After which, you need to find a path to the most appropriate solution. Root Cause Analysis is a gamut of techniques that provide a path to the solution. These techniques can be structured or unstructured and each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing how and when to use each technique is critical to problem solving.

This guide helps you learn Root Cause Analysis techniques, such as: Fishbone Diagram, 5 Whys, Apollo Root Cause Analysis, Pareto Analysis, and Fault Tree Analysis. By reviewing the examples and templates, you'll learn to use these techniques for problem solving.

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