Root Cause Analysis Template
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Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method to identify the root causes of a problem, a defect, or a roadblock. This is a great exercise for startups, entrepreneurs and established companies looking for ways they can solve a problem in their industry. By asking a series of “why” questions, the root cause analysis template helps you peel back the layers and attempt to prevent the problem from happening in the first place.
- Create a concise analysis to help align different departments on real problems in your organization.
- Identify areas of focus for short and long-term actions to address these problems.
- Maximize the impact and effectiveness of your team’s work with a concrete understanding of risks and roadblocks your company faces.
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What is a root cause analysis?
When an entrepreneur pitches an idea, the first question asked is “What problem are you solving?” In order to gain traction, a product or service must fill a need for its customers. In social entrepreneurship or “changemaking” work, the rule is the same: any new idea must address a documented need and have a strong logic model behind it.
It’s no longer enough to ask “What problem am I trying to solve?” Now we need to ask “What is causing this problem?” We need to peel back the layers and attempt to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method to identify the root cause and effect of a problem, a defect, or a roadblock.
How do you write a root cause analysis?
Before asking why, you need to determine what the problem is that you’re trying to solve by analyzing the cause and effect relationships. Once you identify evidence of the problem, you can dig into why it’s happening with a series of why questions.
- Start by naming a symptom, or evidence that there is a problem. For example, our company’s net revenue has gone down.
- Then think about the basic reason; ask why this is occurring. Sales remain high, but profit margins have gone down.
- Then ask why again. We lowered our prices in order to compete with a new company. Or, the cost of materials has increased.
- Continue asking why until you’ve uncovered insights that weren’t apparent to you before. Follow different “roots” to discover alternate possibilities. Investigate both deeply and widely to ensure that you have a handle on the complexity of the problem and its interrelated causes.
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Root cause analysis is a problem-solving strategy that allows you to dig deep into the origins of a problem and identify opportunities for preventing the problem from happening. This is a great exercise for startups, entrepreneurs and established companies looking for ways they can solve a problem in their industry.
Yes! We have a couple of root cause analysis examples above that you can use as a starting point for your own. If you find a style you like, use it for your inspiration.
Once you’ve identified a problem, you can then start by asking ‘why’ this problem exists and naming symptoms. You’ll continue asking ‘why’ until you’ve uncovered insights that weren’t apparent to you before.
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