Session I - Pre-Conference Session
Cause(s) of Confusion: Beyond Root Cause Analysis
Presented by Cade Wilson


Description: Why won't my car start? Why did my wife burn the pancakes? Why did that rocket explode? Why are all the stoplights red? Who is the MVP? We are all faced with questions of varying degrees of complexity. Our ability to understand the interactions that create the world around us is vital to our ability to better answer these types of questions. Better understanding of these answers allows us to make better decisions. Often, simple answers to complex questions lead us to believe we have little or no choice in how to act. This session aims to explore the pandemic nature of root cause thinking, the dangers it has created, and alternative approaches.

Target Audience: This class is interactive and designed for problem solvers of any level. It is recommended for any who must make important decisions on a daily basis.

Organizational Issues: Problem solving, interactions of causes, and systems thinking.

Objectives: Build awareness in participants of problems with monocausal thinking, and build the ability to see examples of it when encountered. Use 'poly-causal' thinking to generate creative and effective solutions to problems that otherwise could not be solved.

Date: Thursday, April 15th

Length: 2 hours (5:15-7:15pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Handouts: Available for download after the Forum

Cade Wilson

Biography: Cade Wilson has been with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) for two years as a cause analysis expert, where he teaches and facilitates investigations into how systems work, and how they might work better. Prior to PWR, his life experiences include serving as a Naval officer, as operations director of a small business, and as a racing driver and instructor. He is a proud graduate of the US Naval Academy's class of 2000. When not in the office, he can usually be found out hiking with his family or at home under a misfit bunch of project cars and motorcycles. Favorite books include W.E. Deming's The New Economics, Russell Ackoff's Beating the System, Matthew Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft, and Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.

Contact: Cade can be reached by e-mail at for additional information about this session.

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