BD-401: Advanced BlueDragon Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving Tools for Master Practitioners

DLE Technical Services, LLC
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BD-401: Advanced BlueDragon Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving Tools for Master Practitioners

According to the World Economic Forum[1], the top two skills that humans need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution (i.e. the age of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence), are “Critical Thinking” and “Complex Problem Solving.”  BlueDragon is a complex problem solving method that is founded on developing the student’s critical thinking skills, coupled with innovative “Lean” and “Agile” tools and techniques that help to quickly and accurately identify the root causes and contributing factors that are causing human performance issues, equipment malfunctions and organizational and programmatic breakdowns.

BlueDragon is accurate, scalable, flexible, and efficient, providing a framework that drives a highly disciplined and organized approach to gathering and analyzing data, developing lines of inquiry and conducting rigorous causal analysis to identify root causes and contributing factors in the most efficient manner. BlueDragon cuts many man-weeks from traditional root cause analyses and accident investigations. The process is also structured to eliminate much of the bias and undue influence that often plagues such analyses, making for repeatable results, and can be easily scaled down to conduct apparent cause evaluations or simple causal analyses. BlueDragon can also be used proactively to identify root causes before they cause significant events.

BlueDragon was developed and refined by its creator after more than 30 years as a root cause practitioner in the commercial nuclear power industry and the Federal Government. The method is simple to understand (not simplistic by design), and the workshops demystify root cause analysis and clear up many misconceptions about how root causes are identified.

The BD-301 3-day workshops are conducted using an MBA approach with 15 case studies to allow participants to develop proficiency using critical thinking tools and the Lean and Agile techniques of the BlueDragon Complex Problem Solving Engine.

This 1-day advanced workshop is for those desiring a more in-depth understanding of root cause analysis using two techniques for causal analysis (streaming analysis and common cause analysis) and two techniques for data analysis (process mapping and value stream mapping).  

[1]Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report, 2016; based on a survey of business leaders from major global employers. 

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Who should attend?

To be enrolled in the 1-day BD-401 requires completion of the 3-day BD-301A or BD-301B workshops. 

Training Content

BD-401 is an advanced 1-day workshop for those desiring to become certified as Master BlueDragon Root Cause Practitioners. Students must have attended BD-301A or 301B and completed at least 3 root cause analysis as Team Leader or Facilitator.

Tools and techniques covered include:

  • Streaming Analysis: a powerful but labor intensive method to determine the pecking order of causal factors identified in a manner that did not lend itself to a disciplined and organized causal analysis process.  For example, causal factors identified in interviews and not during facilitated causal analysis sessions.  Participants will learn the formal technique as well as how to apply this as needed during live causal analysis sessions. 
  • Common Cause Analysis: participants will be guided through an example of how to develop charts to trend and analyze data using Excel, and to develop charts that will establish common causes. 
  • Process Mapping: participants will be guided through two examples of complex process mapping and how to use the process for gap analysis, developing new programs and processes, and for streamlining existing processes. 
  • RCA Report Writing: as requested by many clients, participants will be guided through a detailed approach on how root cause reports are readily compiled from the finished BlueDragon charts.   

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DLE Technical Services

DLE Technical Services, LLC

DLE Technical Services, LLC was established in 2006 and is certified by VetBiz as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).  DLE is a Prime Contractor for the Department of Energy (DOE), providing technical support to DOE nuclear project sites, Uranium...


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