No, seriously. Root Cause is a Fallacy. – Will Gallego

Root Cause is a Fallacy. We’ve used root cause as a shortcut for explaining away problems for a long time, typically as part of RCA (Root Cause Analysis). I’m not the first to write about this. I doubt I’m even the hundredth, and I probably won’t be the last. But we’re still lazily falling back to using it, so it’s good to reinforce.