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What is Root Cause Analysis?

Root cause analysis (RCA) is a process for identifying underlying causes of a problem, event or a situation. It provides a framework to understand the problems and facilitate finding a solution for the problem.

What are the 5 Whys of root cause analysis?

The 5 Whys of a Root Cause Analysis is a technique used to analyze a problem by asking the question “Why” five times. This technique is part of the DMAIC Six Sigma methodology.

What are 3 components of Root Cause Analysis?

The basic components of a Root Cause Analysis corresponds to answer the following questions of a given problem or situation.

  • What’s the problem?
  • Why did it happen?
  • What will be done to prevent it from happening again?

How do you conduct a Root Cause Analysis?

First, you can Identify Possible Causal factors of the problem or situation you are analyzing. Here, the project team collects data to understand what is the current situation, set the vision and have the problem being identified. Then, the team identifies the primary sources of the health problem, the root cause.