The BlueDragon Framework
...An innovative integration of time-tested tools,
critical thinking concepts and Lean and Agile Techniques
THE FRAMEWORK INTEGRATES:
Comparative Timeline Analysis
Human Performance Evaluation
The Anatomy of an Event
5-Why's and Cause Trees
Cause & Effect Analysis
Common Cause Analysis
Ishikawa (the Fishbone)
Events & Causal Factors Charting
THE FRAMEWORK CHANGES THE
ROOT CAUSE PARADIGM:
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"THE BLUEDRAGON CRITICAL THINKING AND COMPLEX PROBLEM SOLVING METHOD
CHANGES ROOT CAUSE PARADIGMS IN PLACE FOR OVER 50 YEARS"
The BlueDragon Method is arguably the leanest method on the market. [Lean is the elimination of waste in a process]. After three decades of development, BlueDragon's creator has eliminated many of the wasted time and energy in getting to the root causes. For example: subject matter experts are used sparingly (usually one to two hours); interviews are done in small groups; there is little or no note taking (answers are posted on the chart); results are validated as we go so there is no lengthy validation process; and, there is no lengthy report. See what our clients have to say.
The BlueDragon Framework is the end product of a BlueDragon root cause or apparent cause analysis. To increase its efficiency, we incorporated the four values of the Agile Manifesto into the methodology. For example: root causes are developed through interactions with subject experts and not through proprietary software; results are captures in their final format; end-users and process owners are brought in to collaborate in the root cause; and, there is great flexibility built in to the BlueDragon Framework in that any input or information can be processed any time it comes in. See what our clients have to say.
The BlueDragon Framework is scalable and flexible enough to be used to investigate any issue of any level of significance and complexity, making for a truly graded approach to causal analysis. There is a great benefit in using one scalable model for different levels of causal analysis: the more it is used, the more proficient the analysts become in identifying the deepest-seated causes for the event. Which, in turn, leads to better corrective actions. See what our clients have to say.
When investigating a complex problem, new information and inputs are coming in on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. This requires adjusting timelines, researching requirements, generating new lines of inquiries and engaging different parts of the organization. The BlueDragon Framework is flexible enough to take any new information in stride at any time in the process (even at the final briefing of the executives), providing for a more comprehensive and rigorous investigation with better results.See what our clients have to say.
The BlueDragon Framework is structured to accurately identify the deepest-seated causes of an event, issue or negative performance trend. The method's accuracy comes from attacking the problem from multiple perspectives as outlined in the "Anatomy of an Event," from developing a great understanding of common causes, and by using an improved BlueDragon definition of a "root cause" that came from three decades of complex problem solving. The method guides the causal analysts through the comprehensive process of data analysis, the development of evidence-based lines of inquiry, and the cause and effect analysis using the subject matter expertise of applicable staff, vendors, suppliers, consultants, regulators and any other party that can help solve the problem. The overall results are outstanding. Using BlueDragon, our clients identified the root causes for issues that plagued them for months and years. See what our clients have to say.
The BlueDragon Framework integrates many tools into a single framework and has been sharpened into a lean, agile, scalable, flexible and accurate method after three decades of development and practical use in the commercial nuclear power industry, the National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex. The result is arguably the most cost-effective root cause methodology on the market. BlueDragon is being adopted as quickly as clients can send their staff through one of our workshops. The net benefits are clear and significant cost savings can be realized once BlueDragon has been incorporated into your organization's Corrective Action Program and Contractor Assurance Systems. See what some of our clients have to say about BlueDragon. See what our clients have to say.
FEEDBACK FROM CLIENTS AND WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS IS OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
"Best training ever! You've given me an exponential leg up with the BlueDragon Framework. I think your method will revolutionize the industry!"
- February 2020
"I am recommending for implementation at TVA-Nuclear. This is the most practical and effective tool I have seen. "
- February 2020