Realdolmen Education


Kepner-Tregoe Foundation

This course is currently not scheduled on the open calendar, but can be organized on request.

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3 day(s)


The Kepner-Tregoe Foundation course will be of interest to individuals who: Want the official Kepner-Tregoe Certificate, issued by Kepner-Tregoe. Plan to attend the (2-day) Kepner-Tregoe Advanced Workshop in order to learn to implement the concepts learned in the Foundation course. Want to improve their Incident Management and Problem Management techniques. Typical roles are (but not limited to): Roles that provide first-line support, including service-desk staff, Analysts, Problem Managers, Incident Managers, Auditors, Quality Managers, Operators, Technicians and Engineers.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.


The course is structured around the KT Model. After this course you will be able to: Understand KT’s Situation Appraisal, Problem Analysis, Decision Analysis and Potential Problem Analysis, Explain the definition of an incident and a concern, Use the role of questioning in various phases of the KT Model, List Threats and Opportunities, Use KT’s Steps: Separate and Clarify, Set Priority, Plan Next Steps, Work with all phases in Problem Analysis: Describe Problem, Identify Possible Causes, Evaluate Possible Causes, Confirm True Cause, Work with all phases in Decision Analysis: Clarify Purpose, Identify Alternatives, Evaluate Alternatives, Make Decision, Effectively Present Recommendations and Assess Recommendations, Work with all phases in Potential Problem Analysis: Identify Potential Problems, Identify Likely Causes, Take Preventive Action, Plan Contingent Action and Set Triggers



The 2-day Kepner-Tregoe Foundation course introduces a systematic process of problem solving when responding to incidents and problems. The course is designed for individuals who work in trouble shooting environments. This allows them to deliver a high level of quality and consistency in customer support. The course equips participants with the terminology, structure and basic concepts of Kepner-Tregoe’s problem management and incident management techniques, such as Situation Appraisal, Problem Analysis, Decision Analysis and Potential Problem Analysis. During the Foundation course, participants will receive the proper training and guidance to optimally prepare them to take and pass the Kepner-Tregoe Foundation examination. The Kepner-Tregoe Foundation course is beneficial for individuals who want to be trained and certified in a best practice that is recommended for problem analysis (Kepner-Tregoe is referenced as a best practice in the official ITIL® Service Operation publication).

Other core benefits of the Kepner-Tregoe Foundation course include:Establish a common troubleshooting language that ensures consistency in customer support in a Service Management environment. Introduce structured, critical thinking techniques to analyze problems, make decisions and proactively avoid problems. Use a systematic approach independent of technical expertise.


  • A. Introduction
    • 7 Rules for Mission Critical Success
    • Questioning and Listening Skills
    • Typical Support Organization Issues
    • Typical Support Personnel Issues
    • Typical Support Organization Needs
    • I’m an Expert Why Process?
    • Learning Process
    • Definition of a Process
    • The Role of Questioning in the Thinking Process
    • The Role of Thinking in the Fundamental Processes
    • The Troubleshooting Process
    • The Thinking Process Introduction
  • B. Introduction to the Kepner-Tregoe Rational Process:
    • Situation Appraisal
    • Problem Analysis
    • Decision Analysis
    • Potential Problem Analysis
  • C. Situation Appraisal:
    • The Definition of an Incident and a Concern
    • How to List Threats and Opportunities
    • Separate and Clarify
    • Set Priority
    • Plan Next Steps
    • The Role of Questioning in “Situation Appraisal”
  • D. Problem Analysis:
    • The Kepner-Tregoe Definition of a Problem
    • How to Describe Problem Analysis
    • Identify Possible Causes
    • Evaluate Possible Causes
    • Confirm True Cause
    • Explain the role of questioning in Problem Analysis
  • E. Decision Analysis: The Definition of a Decision.
    • How to Clarify Purpose
    • Identify Alternatives
    • Evaluate Alternatives
    • Make Decision
    • The Role of Questioning in Decision Analysis
    • How to Effectively Present Recommendations and Assess Recommendations
  • F. Potential Problem Analysis:
    • The Definition of an Action and a Plan
    • How to Identify Potential Problems
    • Identify Likely Causes
    • Take Preventive Action
    • Plan Contingent Action and Set Triggers
    • The Role of Questioning in Potential Problem Analysis