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BlueDragon Hyper-Integrated
Causal Analysis (HCA)

The Most Advanced Approach to Solving Complex, Human-Centric
Problems in Socio-technical Work Environments

Spend More Time and Resources on the Mission

Accurately Identify What's Actually Causing Your Problems

Prevent Events from Recurring and Reduce Your Backlogs


Organizations often wonder why they do not seem to be able to solve significant issues and are having recurring problems

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Most of the methods, tools and techniques being used for root cause analysis were created over 50 years ago! 

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There are too many tools to select from and they are not used often enough to acquire and maintain proficiency.

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Management is frustrated because problems are recurring in spite of best efforts to find and eliminate the causes.

HCA transforms your team into strong critical thinkers and problem solvers

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We at BlueDragon understand that Managers want their staff to be fantastic at solving problems and at getting to the root causes of their issues, so that they can prevent them from recurring. To do that, they need an effective problem solving method that is easy to learn and can quickly and accurately get them to the deepest-seated causes of a problem or event.  A method that is scalable enough to use for quick investigations as well as for solving the most complex of problems. 

The U.S. National Laboratories and the Nuclear Weapons Complex have upgraded their problem solving capabilities by switching to the HCA state-of-the-art complex problem-solving methodology. 

Many of our clients were using traditional RCA tools and methodologies that have been around since the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Those methods were designed in another era and do not account for the complex interactions found in today's complex, socio-technical systems.  

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We designed HCA to be fast, accurate, scalable and flexible, in keeping with today's constantly increasing demand for doing more, better, faster, with less. 


  • HCA changes decades-old paradigms and makes root cause analysis more accurate and efficient.  

  • HCA is truly groundbreaking and a modern approach that provides accurate and amazingly fast results.  

  • Very few methods are capable of handling the most complex problems caused by a combination of human errors, equipment failures and organizational and programmatic weaknesses. And none are able to complete a comprehensive root cause as efficiently and seamlessly as HCA. 

  • The vast majority of HCA efforts take just one week to complete the analysis. 

  • HCA power users consider it the greatest advancement in causal analysis since Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa introduced his Fishbone diagram at the University of Tokyo in 1943. 

  • Using the scalable HCA approach, causal analysts can tackle any problem of any level of complexity, avoiding the need for multiple tools and methods as the significance of an event changes from simple the most complex. 


  • Learn the difference between Data Analysis and Causal Analysis and how to develop insights from the results of any data analysis and incorporate those insights into the causal analysis. 

  • Understand what goes into "Critical Thinking" and how to apply critical thinking tools as the foundation for problem-solving. 

  • Understand the fundamentals of root cause analysis, including the basic building blocks of cause and effect and 5-Whys, cause trees, and the fundamental approach of most root cause methods. 

  • Understand how the "Anatomy of an Event" prompts us to look for latent weaknesses in the right areas, and that every event is an opportunity to identify and address as many latent weaknesses as possible. 


  • Learn how to use a single, scalable framework to conduct simple cause analysis, apparent cause analysis or root cause analysis. Using a single method to handle a large range of events allows analysts to develop and maintain proficiency.   

  • Learn how HCA integrates the best features of many traditional tools that have been used separately, including: barrier analysis, comparative timeline analysis, change analysis, task analysis, events & causal factors charting and the fishbone.  

  • Learn the Lean and Agile techniques that are used to make BlueDragon HCA extremely efficient, including: less use of critical resources, the elimination of almost all note-taking, and the dramatic reduction of lengthy validation, review and approval and report-writing processes.  The average time to complete a BlueDragon HCA by our trained specialists is one week.  

  • Learn to use HCA charts as a storyboard to efficiently discuss the results of the analysis and easily defend your analysis. 

  • HCA analyses validate the results as we go, dramatically shortening the duration, and eliminating the lengthy report writing, review and approval process.  


  • Understand how the traditional definitions of "Root Cause" have inadvertently caused root cause analysis efforts to stop too soon, preventing us from identifying the deepest-seated causes. 

  • Learn where we should look for latent weaknesses using the "Anatomy of an Event."

  • Learn how to develop great Lines of Inquiry based on the critical review of available information/evidence and data analysis, and to attack a problem from multiple perspectives that include: human factors, programs and procedures, organizations, working environments, equipment/tools/material interfaces, and management & oversight interfaces. 

  • Learn how to use Socratic Questioning (i.e. it's like 5-Why's on steroids) to conduct cause and effect analysis. 

  • Learn how to look for common causes, and how to identify and validate the root causes.

  • Learn about mistake proofing and effective actions to prevent recurrence of identified root causes.  

  • Understand how the traditional definitions of "Root Cause" have also created "blind-spots," eliminating the need to conduct Extent of Cause Reviews (many clients confuse Extent of Condition with Extent of Cause)


  • Through the integration of many analysis tools that are traditionally conducted separately, as well as through the use of Lean and Agile techniques, the average time to complete an HCA root cause analysis is approximately one week

  • Subject Matter Experts are used sparingly (usually less than two hours each) and are not required to be tied up as a full-time team member.  

  • HCA is scalable, so you don't have to switch tools when an event is elevated to a higher significance level mid-way through the investigation.  

  • HCA can be (should be) used proactively upon the identification of a negative trend, to uncover the root causes before they result in a significant event.  

  • HCA is an advanced method that more accurately identifies the true deepest-seated causes of events, issues or trends, helping organizations to spend their time and resources on correcting the right things. 

  • HCA is one of the most effective methods for investigating Industrial Safety incidents, because it forces us to look far deeper than the human errors that often trigger the events.  



“Rob has done for cause analysis what Motorla did for Six Sigma, clearly and concisely bundled proven RCA tools into an effective method encompassing critical thinking, visual information, and succinct communication of a problem and its deepest seated causes."

- Mark Anderson,

Sandia National Laboratory 

(April 2021)

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