Problem Determination Root Cause Analysis (BA17)

Excellent problem determination skills cannot be acquired simply by reading a book. They mostly come from experience as well as discipline. After this course, you should have a general understanding of a structured problem determination approach, which you can then apply in your daily work to gain more experience.

Retail Price: $1,195.00

Next Date: 03/07/2024

Course Days: 2

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Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the different types of tools and techniques available
  • Apply change management successfully
  • Review what to look for when applying business case thinking to Root Cause Analysis
  • Develop a process to systematically approach problems 

Intended Audience:

Executives, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business and IT stakeholders working with analysts, Quality and process engineers, technicians, corrective action coordinators or managers; supervisors, team leaders, and process operators; anyone who wants to improve their ability to solve recurring problems.

Course Outline

Section 1: RCA Foundation Concepts and Objectives

  • Section Learning Objectives
  • Discuss Definitions – IT Perspective
  • Discuss What is a problem and why do they exist?
  • Exercise 1a: Why is RCA important
    • What is Root Cause? 
    • RCA Benefits and Approaches
  • Exercise 1b: Why are multiple approaches important?
    • Event and Casual Analysis
  • Exercise 1c: Apply Event and Causal Analysis
    • Event and Causal Analysis: Exercise 1c Worksheet
    • RCA Tools for each approach
  • Exercise 1D: Prepare for Case Study
    • Section Summary and Conclusions

Section 2: Enhance use of RCA tools 

  • Why use a Particular Method
  • Tool: Change Analysis
  • Change Analysis Examples
  • Exercise 2a: Apply Change Analysis
  • Exercise 2b: Change Analysis Worksheet
    • Tool: How to Resolve Conflict
    • Tool: 5 Why’s • Example Learning Management Problem
  • Exercise 2b: Apply 5 Why’s Sequence-of-Events
  • Exercise 2b: Worksheet
    • Tool: Cause and Effect
  • Exercise 2c: Apply Cause and Effect
  • Exercise 2c: Cause and Effect Worksheet
    • Tool: Fault Tree Analysis
    • Why do we use Fault Tree Analysis?
    • How does it work?
    • Fault Tree Diagram Symbols
    • Example #1 of FTA: Car Hits Object
  • Exercise 2D: Apply Fault Tree Analysis
    • Tool: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • Example: Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  • Exercise 2E: Apply FMEA
    • Tool: Design / Application Review
  • Exercise 2d: Apply Design/Application Review

Section 3: Problem Resolution and Prevention

  • Section Objectives
  • The Secret of Solving Problems
    • A Note about Statistical Control
    • A Note about Fire Fighting
  • Technique: Business Process Mapping
  • Example: IGOE
  • Exercise 3A: Problem as IGOE
  • Exercise 3A: IGOE Template
    • Technique: Lean Six Sigma and DMAIC
    • Lean Six Sigma Benefits
  • Exercise 3B: Apply Lean Six Sigma
  • Importance of Understanding the Business Process
  • The Business Process Mandate
  • Technique: Process Modeling
  • Graphical Notation Standard (BPMN) o
    • What is Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)?
    • Benefits of BPMN
    • Basic Components of BPMN
  • Exercise 3C: Use BPMN to Document a Current State
    • Technique: Business Process Maturity Model
    • Five Levels of Maturity
  • Exercise 3D: Appraise Business Process Maturity Level

Section 4: Capability Improvement for RCA

  • Section Learning Objectives
  • Steps in Disciplined Problem Solving
  • RCA as a RCA Process
  • Key RCA Role Considerations
  • Exercise 4A: Apply RCA to RCA Process
  • Sustainable RCA Improvement
  • Organizational Units
  • Process Area Goals, Practices
  • Specific and General Practices
  • Specific Practice Examples
  • Software Maturity Survey
  • Exercise 4B: Apply Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) to RCA
  • SWOT Analysis Worksheet
  • Recognize the importance of the Change Management component in your RCA implementation
  • Using the ADKAR Model to Communicate Change
  • Review ADKAR® Model
    • Awareness of the need for change
    • Desire to participate and support the change
    • Knowledge on how to change
    • Ability to implement required skills and behaviors
    • Reinforcement to sustain the change
  • Exercise 4C: Create an Ability Checklist
  • The ADKAR Model: Reinforcement
  • Exercise 4D: Find two examples of how ADKAR will be different

Section 5: Course Summary and Conclusions

  • Plan the Proposal and Business Case
  • Example: 1 Page Business Case
  • Exercise 5A: Creating Action Plans
  • Resource Guide
  • Questions


Course Dates Course Times (EST) Delivery Mode GTR
3/7/2024 - 3/8/2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Virtual Enroll
6/27/2024 - 6/28/2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Virtual Enroll
11/7/2024 - 11/8/2024 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Virtual Enroll