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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting
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Mistake Proofing

By Tom Weaver, Rob Weaver
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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting

Mistake proofing is used in product, process, and service design and development as well as in ongoing operations and improvement applications. The goal with mistake-proofing is to find and correct mistakes, errors, or omissions as close to the source as possible, when the mistakes cost less to correct than if found later.

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CAPA Corner: The Case of the Defunct TV

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A root cause investigation may be formal or informal. Things happen, at work, at home, anywhere. The investigation methodology remains the same. Only the level of documentation changes to fit the situation.

A root cause investigation may be formal or informal. Things happen, at work, at home, anywhere. The investigation methodology remains the same. Only the level of documentation changes to fit the situation.

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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting
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Step 2 – Another Key Investment for Success with a Root Cause Investigation

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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting

In this third of a series of articles on conducting a root cause investigation, we explore a second key investment every investigator should make: assuring you have the facts! Unfortunately, investigators are often under tremendous pressure to complete the investigation and assume the information they have is entirely correct. As a result days, or weeks, are wasted going down the wrong path.

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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting
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Step 1 – Key Investment for Success with a Root Cause Investigation

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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting

In this second of a series of articles on conducting a root cause investigation we explore a key investment every investigator should make: understanding the problem before defining a solution! Unfortunately, investigations often begin by brainstorming possible causes and prioritizing them for further analysis – leading to a trial and error approach resulting in a prolonged, expensive, and often failed investigation. With Step 1 we try to truly understand the performance problem.

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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting
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Model for a CAPA Root Cause Investigation

By Tom Weaver
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Tom Weaver, President, Weaver Consulting

This is the first of a series of articles on conducting a root cause investigation. The model applies to a Corrective Action/ Preventive Action or CAPA investigation, as well as any other type of investigation. In this premier article, we describe a model for conducting a science-based, systematic investigation leaving future articles to delve into more detail as the individual steps are explored, specific tools are highlighted, and example investigations are reviewed.

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