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

Open Preview See a Problem? Through experience dealing with these systems and reading this book! Our inability to absorb quickly and districh large amounts of information-We prefer unmoving mental models, which cannot capture a dynamic, ever-changing process.

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I agree with this and will find ways of incorporating more simulations in my training programmes. There are many factors affecting our planning and actions, of considerable importance is the ability to track and monitor our actions. East Dofner Designer Men’s Fashion.

It’s a short, simple but important primer of a book. So relying on math to teach you how to is also problematic.


The Logic of Failure

Dorner also digs into the effects of exponential processes can have on system failures in terms of their speed and size failuer best example is Chernobyl. Well unfortunately, the author seems to fall for the trap he set. I work with people who make a living at develooing and employing such games, and know how to actually use the scientific method, unlike this guy, who couldn’t even bother to find ay scientific references for the poijnts he was trying to make.

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At no point was there a mention on how to change this. The entire book is full of real world case studies and experiment This quote from the book sums it up well: All we can do is recognize that complex situations are hard and assess them as they come and not try to predict the future. Like playing discretized sim city, or playing ‘balance the predators and prey’.

Rietrich are many factors affecting our planning and actions, of considera Concise, direct and up to the point. 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.

Notes on The Logic of Failure by Dietrich Dorner – Max Mednik

We find an inadequate understanding of exponential development, an inability to see that a process that develops exponentially will, once it has begun, race to its conclusion with incredible speed. Against this, Dorner advocates for having a clear mental model of a system, discrete objectives, and a holistic sense of possible higher-order effects. We all ‘get’ networks and complexity, but we still lack the language to truly understand them.


The main gist of this book is that human beings don’t always behave logically.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. My failurs quibble with the book is that I would have liked to see the author apply his findings to more real-world cases of bad decision making. That inability for us to tackle problems that we know exist but are bad at dealing with can have cascading effects. The Logic of Failure lays out the foundation behind failures and then does a masterful job dietrivh explaining the how too learn from and minimize failure with both an explicit and implict view.

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

Dorner documents several pathological thinking styles he encounters in his experiments. The bad participants failed to do this.

This book was recommended to me by someone at work and I’m pretty glad he did. Probably our main shortcoming is that we like to oversimplify problems.