2007 Experiment for 5 Whys Aficionados
- For rooticians who use the 5 Whys:Here is an experiment for you to try out. (What the heck, it's a new year, anyway.)The first problem you get this year try your "tried and true" 5 Whys approach. Do this for odd-numbered problems.For the even-numbered problems try the following:1. Ask, "What are the consequences of this problem?"2. Ask, "What are the factors that directly resulted in the nature, the magnitude and the timing of the most disliked consequence?"3. For each of these direct factors ask, "What are the factors that directly resulted in the nature, the magnitude and the timing of the factor?"4. Continue until you have reached "5 What are" or to an appropriate terminal factor.After the fourth problem let us know your conclusions.Take care,
W. R. Corcoran, Ph.D., P.E.
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