Aerospace

decision2The Aerospace Industry deals with  critical demands upon every aspect of the operations and every act of every person involved . . . a world of zero tolerances. In this industry we  must have the correct answers to any unanticipated problem quickly – and the first time.  The capabilities of the problem solving method used in this industry  is a  primary issue upon which mission success can hinge. In this environment, there can be no subjective guess work, no long debates, no trial balloon remedies. There must be repeatable process, criteria for accuracy and objective analysis. If your organization serves the aerospace industry, you may already know that REASON is the root cause analysis, corrective action tracking and lessons learned system deployed at Kennedy and Johnson space centers by the United Space Alliance for their space projects. REASON meets the exacting criteria established for root cause analysis methodology within the aerospace industry. Prior to deployment of REASON, the following criteria were established for selection of root cause analysis capabilities within aerospace. Shown are the REASON evaluation results. You can see why REASON was adopted and deployed. .  

Root Cause Analysis System Evaluation Criteria

Subject: REASON Root Cause Analysis System

Provided courtesy of AIAA

Collection of Data

Technical Accuracy

1.1

Process forces users to gather adequate data (can’t quit too soon)

Yes

1.2

Process validates accuracy

Yes

1.3

Process filters irrelevancies

Yes

1.4

Identifies during data collection the need for additional data

Yes

User Friendly

2.1

Ease of use (easy to understand and work through logic)

Yes

2.2

Minimum time required to input data

Yes

2.3

Minimum time to generate reports for management review

Yes

2.4

Understandable cause code layout

Yes

2.5

Produces narrative reports

Yes

2.6

Produces fault trees/flow charts (to visually display causes)

Yes

Analysis of Data Analysis/Trending

3.1

Measures and compares solution options (i.e. if you eliminate one root cause you’ve eliminated 60% of the problem)

Yes

3.2

Ability to identify common causes

Yes

3.3

Ability to research results of similar undesired outcomes

Yes

Archiving and Communication of Data Accessibility

4.1

Data viewable to all locations via the Web

Yes

Adaptability

5.1

Can integrate with existing databases

Yes

5.2

Has export/import capabilities

Yes

5.3

Can incorporate existing cause codes

Yes

 
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