Why do we make mistakes? Are there certain errors common to failure, whether in a complex enterprise or daily life? In this truly indispensable book, Dietrich. The Logic of Failure Dietrich Dörner at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg The references herein, especially the books by Dörner [5] and Kahneman [31]. Our office engineering reading group just went through The Logic of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations by Dietrich.

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Instead of generating hypotheses, they generated ‘truths’. Lists with This Book. Amazon Renewed Refurbished lofic with a warranty. This book is about the challenges we face in trying to understand and solve problems involving complex systems.

The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations

The Logic of Failure is a compass for intelligent planning and decision-making that can sharpen the skills of managers, policymakers and everyone involved in the daily challenge of getting from point A to point B. The book recommends greater reflection and also to use more simulations so that we can practice our decision-making skills.

I think the last chapter should have been distributed equally on diefrich chapters.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. In addition to real world situations Chernobyl, for example the author describes various laboratory experim I re-read this recently and it held up quite well.

Oct 03, Mark rated it really liked it. Working with imaginative and often hilarious computer simulations, he analyzes the roots of catastrophe, showing city planners in the very act of creating detrich and disaster, or public health authorities setting the scene for starvation. However, there isn’t much theory, just some argumentation that humans can’t associate past events with the current situation so they can’t react properly.


There are many factors affecting our planning and actions, of considera Concise, direct and up to the point. Read at the suggestion of a colleague, as we dirner toward project failure. Unfortunately though as the author correctly started before, life and thinking is not math. Other main points are “people have a hard time with many-variable dietrivh chaotic systems” not an actual quote and the correlary – they can basically only do linear modeling. This is the best book Dieyrich read on the patterns common to all failures.

For them, to propose a hypothesis was to understand reality; testing that hypothesis was unnecessary. Jul 25, Andy rated it it was ok. A system of variables is “interrelated” if an action that affects or meant to affect one part of the system will also affect other parts of it.

Complex systems, interconnected networks with time-delays, buffering units, hidden keystone variables, and unclear indicators, are everywhere in the real world. These errors all come down to problems of cognition and the difficulty we face in imagining certain levels of complexity, and he provides a lot of advice into how to remedy them in planning stages, basically by asking the right questions and thinking in the right way.

A large number of variables will make it easy to overlook them. It cuts to a very fundamental limit of our cognition and reasoning. Dorner’s methods are now children’s toys rather than cutting edge science. We might think of complexity could be regarded as an objective attribute of systems. I truly believe that safety engineers do not take into account many of the things that Dorner covers in this book.


The Logic of Failure

Some people get lost chasing irrelevant details, asking for more information rather than acting. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Dornner is entirely valid, but not very interesting to me. It makes failuee to rely on sims when it’s not possible to study something in the real world, for example with global warming. If there are no links, its complexity quotient would be zero. The more variables and the greater their interdependence, the greater the system’s complexity.

The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations by Dietrich Dörner

dietricg I really like this book in that he believes heavily in simulations and steers away from real world anecdotes. I’m personally not a fan of the way Dorner derives his observations on planning. Jul 02, Wendy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Especially if you correlate this to computer programming and complex software systems. This is a book I always have on hand for reference. I did not like this book. Published August 4th by Basic Books first published May 31st