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Since 1985 APLOMET has helped organizations get the foundations right. A business strategy must be supported by effectively functioning operational processes, and we help organizations design, manage, measure and improve these processes. Design is based on international standards, excellence guidelines and/or widely accepted frameworks. Processes are monitored using audits and performance metrics, and corrective measures taken based on root cause analysis. We’ve consulted to Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, nonprofit organizations, and start-ups. More than 700 organizations have sent individuals to our public workshops, including the manufacturing, healthcare, education, government and service sectors.

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ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS
Many organizations have recurring problems that their corrective action process does not effectively address. The cause is often inadequate depth of the analysis … fixing only the physical and not the system causes. We teach people how to distinguish… [ more ]

Musings: My Blog

Critical Thinking – The Most Needed Skill

In many ways the quality profession had just been going along with the program ... focusing on compliance and performance of organizations and their processes. I believe if we want to really have an impact we should shift or add a focus on Critical Thinking.  Adopting...

RCA/CA Maturity

If you didn't happen to see my post on LinkedIn where I submitted a maturity matrix for evaluating the Root Cause Analysis & Corrective Action process you can get it here on my website. I've also added more videos to my YouTube channel, which can make for good...

Podcast on RCA

I was recently interviewed by Jon Taber who hosts a bi-weekly podcast on auditing.  Brief but good discussion of root cause analysis. https://podcasts.apple.com/be/podcast/episode-34-root-cause-analysis-duke-okes/id1590407172?i=1000577361463

More RCA Videos

I always enjoy seeing how others approach root cause analysis.  Here are links to a couple of videos that are pretty good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D77iE0kSkLc   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk7Hg4w1Jsg

Long time, no see!

Yes, it's been several months since I've posted, although that doesn't mean I've not been musing.  Just too many things on the plate. However, here's a short collection of thoughts. Webinars: 1) One of the most frustrating things I've experienced in the past couple of...

Technology and Auditing

The use of Zoom, etc. for auditing has certainly taken hold, albeit driven primarily by COVID rather than a desire to improve the audit process. There are several other areas where technology can help, including Analytics, Process Mining, and Text Mining. I've already...

Some Wisdom Here

Whether it's investing or self-development, this interview of Chamath Palihapitiya by Barry Rithholtz is worthwhile.  You can listen or read here.

Good Article on Risk Management

Over the past couple of years I've spoken several times on problems with many risk assessments, and also published an article on it (see here). I recently ran into an article from 2005 that discusses similar issues, but especially points out problems with...

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