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Root Cause Analysis is the method of finding the source of process problems by uncovering their origin or “root.” This is in contrast to focusing on fixing the symptoms or effects of process issues. If a “root cause” is removed or neutralized then the undesirable effects will no longer impact the process in question.

Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.