Root Cause Analysis

Use Lumiform's digital root cause analysis forms to get a usable problem analysis that will help you improve your business processes.

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Root Cause Analysis Template

Use this Investigation form to determine the root cause of a problem.

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5 Whys Template

Use this 5 whys template to determine the root cause of a problem so that your business teams can prevent encountering them again.

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FMEA Template

This template intends to recognise and document potential problems in FMEA.

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8D Report Template

An 8D report template is used to document an understandable root-cause inspection based on the 8 Disciplines of Problem-Solving.

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DMAIC Template

A DMAIC template helps Six Sigma practitioners apply the DMAIC methodology as a root cause analysis for process improvements.

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What is Root Cause Analysis (RCA)?


Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a method for determining the cause and eliminating a problem. A root cause analysis checklist is used by cross-functional teams of business experts to create a good problem analysis, collect relevant data, identify the root cause and implement solutions.


Avoiding recurring problems confirms that actions recommended by root cause analysis can improve business processes or increase productivity.



These topics are covered in this article:


1. Examples of root cause analysis methods


2. The advantages of the Lumiform app for root cause analysis



Examples for Root Cause Analysis Methods


Determining the root causes of problematic business models requires a lot of precise work. There are various recognized methods for root cause analysis. Depending on the company, the methods should be checked individually for suitability for the company. The following RCA tools are examples of successful root cause analysis methods:


8 disciplines of problem solving (8D)


This method originates from the automotive industry. 8D is a comprehensive root cause analysis of crucial problems in the production process. The 8D approach is used in many industries, such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing. With the help of an 8D checklist, you can define permanent corrective actions using collected data related to the problem.


Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)


The Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is used to anticipate certain problems before they occur so that negative effects can be minimized. For example, an FMEA checklist is used in product design to avoid costly production errors


5 Whys Analysis


The very popular approach of the 5-Why method is used for a wide range of problems, but especially when implementing Kaizen. The method is simple. The question "Why did this problem occur?" is asked and answered five times. A 5-Why checklist documents this process in a clear manner.


DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control)


The DMAIC process deals comprehensively with the analysis phase of problem solving. As part of the Six Sigma methodology it deals with the implementation of long-term solutions. A digital DMAIC checklist helps you set performance targets in a clear and goal-oriented manner.



The Lumiform root-cause analysis benefits of the Lumiform app


With Lumiform's mobile app, you can easily conduct any kind of quality and safety inspection via tablet or smartphone - online or offline. With the desktop software, you can create checklists and evaluate the data collected in the field. This significantly reduces the risk of quality loss, accidents at work, documentation errors and damage to reputation.


Digitize checklists and internal procedures with Lumiform:


  • The flexible checklist builder from Lumiform helps you to convert any individual paper list into a digital checklist without much effort.

  • In addition, we offer more than 9,000 ready-made templates to help companies get started digitally in no time. .

  • Using the super intuitive mobile App, you and your teammates conduct check in the field with ease and in no time. .

  • All results, images and comments are automatically bundled in a digital report. .

  • Comprehensive analyses help you to identify inefficient areas in your company more quickly and thus to continuously improve your auditing and inspection processes. .