Introduction to the RATIO model and Event Mapping

taught by Donna O'Leary

Course description

Hi!

In this free course you will first discover both the principles behind CoThink's very complete RATIOnal problem solving model and the key methodologies that are used in each of the 5 steps:



Following this, you will discover the principles behind CoThink's Event mapping methodolgy,  which forms the backbone of the whole RATIO approach. A proprietary methodology developed and constantly improved by CoThink over the last 10 years, it combines the best of several other problem solving methods such as Fault Tree Analysis, Barrier Analysis and the 5 Why approach.


By definition, the occurrence of a complex problem or major incident is almost always a consequence of multiple causes, contributing circumstances and broken barriers. When dealing with such situations, Event Mapping helps to structure all of the available information about the conditions that lead to this Event and develop a very visual and easy to communicate synthesis.

Furthermore, when dealing with major incidents, the strong emphasis placed on the consequences of the problem in the construction of an Event Map ensures that Effects and/or potential Effects requiring mitigating actions are quickly identified and dealt with.

Following this initial overall problem evaluation step, which can include multiple cause-effect chains,  the Event Map provides a framework to decide where deeper analysis is required: eg. the identification of an unknown technical cause using the IS-IS NOT Problem Analysis methodology or understanding human errors using Human Factor Analysis.

When these problem evaluation steps are complete, the Event Map is then used to facilitate the generation of possible solutions and for monitoring the progressive implementation of the chosen solutions.

The collaborative creation of this highly structured synthesis helps to focus the stakeholder’s attention on the realities of the problem situation rather than arguing about who is right or wrong. In this manner, it greatly facilitates structured and creative efforts to find real solutions to the real problems.

This means that apart from being a highly effective problem solving tool, it is also a highly effective visual communication tool, both internally and externally with your customers and business partners.

We hope and expect that you will come away from this course with new insights about complex problem solving and the benefits of rational, fact based thinking processes to quickly converge on the most probable root causes of any problem situation. Enjoy!

The CoThink team.


Attention: Your access to this free course is only valid for 90 days 




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Instructor

Donna O
Donna O'Leary
Managing Partner

As an Agricultural engineer by training , with a strong background in biochemistry and life sciences, I have always had a deep interest in systems ie. how all the different sub-elements of any system work together to produce a given outcome, provide feedback signals and adjust.

Following this, after a rich and varied career in industry (batch chemicals, filling/cutting & packaging, photographic film coating, equipment design and assembly) and consulting, I can definitely say that this systems outlook and a very practical, “hands-on” approach have characterized the way I addressed the many challenges I have had to deal with over the years.

Today, as a member of the CoThink team, I am delighted to have an opportunity to bring all the experience and insights of these last thirty years together in the shape of a very complete package of practical on-line problem solving training courses and would be delighted to get to know you personally should you decide to use any of our other services: one-to-one training/consulting by webinar, classroom training, facilitation...

For more information, see our website www.cothinkacademy.com and/or contact: donna.oleary@cothink.com

Reviews (6)

by chris kasten

nice

by Coen K
good course mate

RATIO model and Event Mapping

by Monika Ivanova
The course gives a good overview of the processes used to apply the model. Some more practical examples may be useful for the users that are encountering this process for the first time .
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by chris kasten

nice

by Coen K
good course mate

RATIO model and Event Mapping

by Monika Ivanova
The course gives a good overview of the processes used to apply the model. Some more practical examples may be useful for the users that are encountering this process for the first time .

Introduction to the RATIO model and Event Mapping

by Fred Hafner
Great Course!

Very complete approch to problem solving

by Donald O'Brien
Apart from the structured approach to overall problem evaluation, I really liked the visual management dimension of Event Mapping

by Henk de Tombe