Corrective Action Program Best Practice 9 – Perform Periodic Aggregate Analyses

StrategyDriven Corrective Action Program Article | Condition Report AnalysisCondition reports provide detailed information on individual performance deficiencies, operational events, and opportunities for improvement. While such information enables the resolution of specific problems, the aggregate analysis of all condition reports provides insight to the underlying systemic faults the correction of which would prevent recurrence of many of the organization’s issues.[wcm_restrict plans=”48883, 25542, 25653″]

Performing Aggregate Analyses

Periodic aggregate analyses seek to identify recurring event precursor performance deficiencies so that these issues can be mitigated prior to the occurrence of an impactful event. These analyses are commonly performed as follows:

  1. Aggregate condition report causal code counts (See StrategyDriven Corrective Action Program best practice article, Condition Report Causal Codes)
  2. Apply a weighting to the condition report causal code counts based on the significance level of the associated condition reports (See StrategyDriven Corrective Action Program article, Condition Report Prioritization)
  3. Determine the several analysis focus areas based on those area weighted aggregate causal code counts exceeding a predefined review threshold or having the greatest value
  4. Review the specific condition reports associated with the selected focus areas for commonality
  5. Identify those common causes the correction of which would have prevented or limited the impact of the majority of the documented issues
  6. Develop, implement, and track to completion those corrective actions needed to resolve these common causes. Recommendations should be captured within a separately developed condition report

Each analysis should, at a minimum, focus on significant weaknesses impacting the achievement of safety, reliability, regulatory requirements, industry standards and guidelines, and/or management expectations.

Frequency of Periodic Aggregate Analyses

In order for periodic aggregate analyses to be effective, they must be performed in a timely enough manner to identify and proactively eliminate underlying causal conditions before an event occurs. Consequently, organizations having mature corrective action programs typically perform a monthly, high-level aggregate analysis of condition reports written during the past month and an annual, detailed business performance assessment of condition reports written during the past year.[/wcm_restrict][wcm_nonmember plans=”48883, 25542, 25653″]

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Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Principal is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.

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