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Featured Example - WannaCry Ransomware Attack

WannaCry Ransomware Example Problem

On May 12, 2017 people around the world were greeted by the following message on their computer: “Oops, your files have been encrypted!”. Learn about the causes of this malicious attack and review our suggested solutions. 

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Example Root Cause Analysis Videos

RCA Example - Near Miss

Near Miss, Potential Explosion
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RCA Example - Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope
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RCA Example - Dale Earnhardt Crash

Dale Earnhardt NASCAR
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All Root Cause Analysis Examples & Templates

Safety Examples

  PDF icon Oakland Warehouse Fire (Ghost Ship) - Read the Details  |  Open in Causelink 
  PDF icon Impact of Opioid Addiction
  PDF icon Flint Water Crisis
  PDF icon Dust Explosion
  PDF icon Near Miss Asphalt Drop
  PDF icon Dale Earnhardt Fatal NASCAR Crash - Watch the video
  PDF icon Near Miss Risk of Explosion - Watch the video
  PDF icon Bridge Collapse

Quality Examples

  PDF icon Hubble Space Telescope - Watch the video
  PDF icon Customer Perception of Quality Problem
  PDF icon Pipeline weld non-conformance 

Reliability Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage
  PDF icon Customer Perception of Quality Problem
  PDF icon Manufacturing Non-Conformance

IT Examples

  PDF icon WannaCry Ransomware Attack | Open in Causelink
  PDF icon Amazon S3 Service Disruption | Open in Causelink
  PDF icon Google Compute Engine Incident 16015 | Open in Causelink
  PDF icon Online Learning Course Completion Status Not Saved
  PDF icon Loss of Productivity - Virus Software
  PDF icon IT - Customer Complaints
  PDF icon Project Management: Delivered Late, Over Budget, Profit Lost
  PDF icon Shipments Missed - Supply Chain Problems

Production Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned Shutdown of Plastics Production Line
  PDF  Line Down - Vacuum Pump Smoking

Environmental Examples

  PDF icon Flint Water Crisis
  PDF icon Multiple Leaks in Newly Installed Pipeline
  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage 
  PDF icon Mass Fish & Turtle Die-Off in Peconic River

Healthcare Examples

  PDF icon Patient Re-admitted, 2nd Surgery Required, Stay Extended 
  PDF icon Clinical Healthcare
  PDF icon Healthcare Crisis
  PDF icon Cylinder Pulled Into MRI 

Operations Examples

  PDF icon United Airlines--Reputational Damage


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* These root cause analysis (RCA) templates and examples are based on real situations and some have been altered slightly to protect confidentiality and anonymity.