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Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training

Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training

Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training:

Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training course with detailed hands-on labs

This action-learning program, one of the most comprehensive in the industry, teaches both the theory and practice of root-cause failure analysis. It includes numerous exercises, several case studies, and one major case study that simulates in class the workings of an actual RCFA investigation including the team dynamics and interpersonal communications aspects.

With Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training, we will discuss brainstorming, Ishikawa diagrams, mind mapping, flowcharting, fault tree analysis, event, and causal factors analysis, barrier and change analysis, MORT analysis, critical incident approach, and several other techniques for defining potential causes of the problem. We go on to discuss failed hardware evaluation technologies, the design of experiments, and other technologies for converging on the actual cause of the failure. We will then discuss potential corrective actions, including guidance for selecting the best solution.

Throughout the Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training course, you will learn how to apply the techniques taught to your own on-the-job RCFA investigations through a series of industry failure analysis case studies that highlight the investigative techniques, roles played by key characters in the analysis activity, the analytical approach, and the types of failure cause that can contribute to the failure. The Root Cause Failure Analysis: Workshop and Simulation Training class will also undertake a comprehensive simulation of a real-life root cause failure investigation, working in teams to analyze a relatively complex case scenario, conduct role plays and interviews, develop a root cause failure report and present it before the class.

What’s Included?

  • 5 days of Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training with an expert instructor
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee


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  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.


After completing this Root Cause Failure Analysis Workshop and Simulation course, attendees will be able to:

  • Objectively identify all potential failure causes using fault tree analysis, event and causal factor analysis, barrier and change analysis, MORT analysis, critical incident technique, design of experiments, and other technologies.
  • Objectively assess the likelihood of each potential failure cause.
  • Identify the most likely failure causes.
  • Proactively eliminate additional potential failure causes before they occur.
  • Work together in teams to conduct complex root cause failure investigations, engage in interviews, analyze data, write a root cause failure analysis report, and present it to the class.

Course Outline:

Day 1: Root Cause Failure Analysis

  • Introductory Concepts
    • Root cause failure analysis philosophy
    • The four-step problem-solving approach
    • The importance of a priori failure cause identification
    • Mast Mounted Sight group exercise
  • Pareto analysis
    • Vilfredo Pareto and the 80/20 concept
    • Pareto analysis approaches and perspectives
    • Pareto analysis data sources
    • Using Pareto statistics to target root cause analysis efforts
  • Identifying potential root causes
    • Brainstorming
    • Mind-mapping
    • Ishikawa diagrams
    • The 5-Whys technique and the Why staircase
    • Fault tree analysis
  • Why analysis
    • The Why analysis approach
    • Staircase graphical format
    • Why analysis limitations
    • Why analysis example
    • Why analysis group exercise
  • Blending root cause analysis approaches
    • Pareto analysis
    • Fault tree analysis (FTA)
    • Event and causal factor analysis (ECFA)
    • Barrier analysis
    • Management oversight and risk tree analysis (MORT)
    • Change analysis
    • The critical incident technique (CIT)
    • The 5-Whys technique
    • Group exercise using different analyses (light bulb fails to illuminate)
  • Fault tree analysis introduction
    • Fault tree analysis history
    • Fault tree analysis applications
    • Fault tree analysis capabilities
    • Fault tree analysis construction introduction
    • Fault tree analysis example
    • Fault tree analysis group exercise (light bulb fails to illuminate)
  • Group discussion: Different analysis approach advantages and disadvantages
  • Case study homework assignment: The Uranium Water Treatment System Case Study (this major case study, running throughout the course, can be replaced by a case study specific to your industry).

Day 2: Fault Tree Analysis

  • Prior material review
  • Case study discussion
  • Fault tree analysis construction
    • Fault tree gate usage and interpretation
    • Relationships between logic operators and events
    • Fault tree gate usage and interpretation
    • Fault tree analysis example
    • Fault tree analysis group exercise
  • Inhibit gates
    • Using inhibit functions to model probability distributions
    • Inhibit gate examples
    • Inhibit gate group exercise
  • Fault tree analysis construction tips
    • Using a point-to-point approach
    • Navigating from the failure site
    • Using a sequential approach
    • State of the part events
    • State of the system events
  • Using fault trees to identify redundancy-defeating failure modes
    • Approaches for identifying redundancy defeaters
    • Existing but undetected failure events
    • Case study discussion: F-16 fly-by-wire design and DC-10 engine loss
  • Fault tree analysis quantification
    • Quantifying top undesired events
    • Failure rate sources
  • Case study homework assignment: Prepare preliminary fault tree analyses for the Uranium Water Treatment System case study.

Day 3: Events and Causal Factor Analysis, Barrier Analysis, and Change Analysis

  • Prior material review
  • Case study discussion
  • Events and causal factors analysis (ECFA)
    • Events and causal factors analysis definitions
    • Events, conditions, causes, and terminal events
    • Verifying causal chains and event sequences
    • Integrating investigation findings
    • Communication during and after the investigation
    • Events and causal factors analysis charts
    • Assessing the safety culture from the employee, management emphasis, and management practice
    • The importance of quantification
  • Barrier analysis
    • Barrier concepts
    • Identifying and selecting optimum barriers
    • The hazard/barrier matrix
    • Hazard effect pathways
    • Failed countermeasures
    • Missing countermeasures
    • Sources of energy and tracing energy flows
    • Sources of change
    • Change-based characterizations
    • Assessing countermeasure effectiveness
    • Conducting the barrier analysis
  • Change analysis
    • The pervasive nature of change in complex endeavors
    • “What’s Different” analysis
    • Test and inspection data
    • Material certifications
    • Using flow charts for product performance and process evaluations
    • Interviewing techniques for field personnel
    • Customer/supplier interface issues
    • Engineering design and tolerance analysis
    • Other sources of change information
    • Words of caution: Change and correlation to the event
    • Case study discussion: CBU-87/B detonator change analysis
  • Case study homework assignment: Prepare ECFA, barrier analysis, and change analysis for the Uranium Water Treatment System case study.

Day 4: MORT Analysis, Critical Incident Technique, FMA&A, and Failed Hardware Analysis

  • Prior material review
  • Case study discussion
  • Management Oversight and Risk Tree (MORT) analysis
    • MORT history
    • General Approach
    • MORT diagram conventions
    • MORT structure
    • Provisional and assumed risks
    • MORT as an investigational tool
    • Integrating MORT and Barrier Analysis
    • MORT analysis approach and procedures
  • Critical incident techniques
    • The Critical Incident Technique
    • CIT history
    • Definitions
    • The five CIT steps
    • Incident reviews
    • Fact-finding
    • Issue identification
    • Decision making
    • Evaluation
    • Evaluating behaviors
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Effective versus ineffective behaviors
    • Gaining interviewee trust
    • Group exercise: Interviewing operators, engineers, and others
  • Using Failure Mode Assessment and Assignment (FMA&A) matrices
    • Constructing the FMA&A
    • Using the FMA&A to guide the root cause analysis
  • Failed Hardware Analysis
    • The value of failed hardware
    • Evaluating failed hardware conformance
    • Quality Assurance compliance assessment tools
    • Basic metallurgical and electronic component evaluations
    • Component failure analysis technologies, including optical microscopy, NDT methods, SEM, Composition Analysis, FTIR,
    • EDAX, X-ray, N-ray, SIMS, Auger, and FEA
    • Crack appearance in different loading geometries, including axial, bending, torsion, direct shear, and contact loading
    • Commercial failure analysis laboratories
    • Evaluating leaks
    • Testing to confirm failure causes
  • Homework assignment: Prepare FMA&A, MORT, and CIT assessments for the Uranium Water Treatment System case study.

Day 5: DOE, Corrective Action, Reports, Procedures, Libraries, and Course Wrap-Up

  • Prior material review
  • Critical incident reports homework discussion
  • Design of Experiments
    • Basic experimental design concepts
    • Hypothesis testing
    • z-tests, t-tests, ANOVA
    • Taguchi experiments
    • Selecting test parameters
    • Defining test specimen configurations
    • Strategies for minimizing test risk
    • Case study discussion: The Navy ARS Guillotine
  • Corrective Action
    • Corrective action alternatives, including design modifications, process modifications, requirements relaxation, screening, and other corrective actions
    • Corrective action order of precedence
    • Corrective action implementation
    • Corrective action scope, including work in process, inventoried material, suppliers, and delivered equipment
    • Evaluating corrective action efficacy
    • Implementing corrective actions to address other hypothesized failure causes
    • Group exercise
  • A suggested failure analysis procedure
  • Creating a “Lessons Learned” document
  • Preventing future failures
  • Formal briefings by the class participants (organized into several teams)
  • Recap, Q/A, and evaluations

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