Latent Cause Analysis™


Comments from The Latent Cause Experience™:

"I liked highlighting how ignoring small failures leads to major failures.  The points about latency and culture were right on target."


"I liked the energy and passion that was expressed.  The discussion was awesome, great dialogue."

"I liked the challenging thoughts.  You could call this a leadership course."

"I liked this process because it focused on fixing a failure, NOT blaming the cause of that failure."

The Origin of Latent Cause Analysis


Failsafe Network's Latent Cause Analysis™ methods were born in the chemical industry, starting in the mid 1970's.  Initially, our methods focused on understanding the physics of our problems. Over time, however, it became apparent that people are ultimately responsible for the things they create, whether it is equipment, process, or system related.  While our process continues to address the "physics" of our problems, we've introduced the Latent Cause Analysis™ approach to go beyond the physics and require people to see themselves as part of their problems


What Are Latent Causes (according to Failsafe)?


Latent Causes are tendencies that influence people's decisions who contributed to an incident. People draw their own conclusions about their involvement after being confronted with the evidence and answering, "What is it about the way I am that contributed to this incident?"  Latent Causes are identified and recognized by the people involved in the incident; it's the ultimate in personal accountability.


Latent Cause Analysis (LCA) can be used as a stand-alone investigative method by your whole organization on any size of event, or LCA can be used with any other root cause analysis methods. LCA can even be used by individuals in all walks of life, because the process does not depend on software, elaborate training, or advanced education. Our Latent Cause Analysis™ model helps anyone identify the critical causes of an event and how to address them to prevent recurring problems.  The bottom line results of using Latent Cause Analysis™ are changed people and thus an improved culture.

"We have found that Failsafe's approach is so different from the piles of sameness that are everywhere that, quite frankly, you have to experience it yourself."