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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Read at the suggestion of a colleague, as we spiral toward project failure. All we can do is recognize that “On s’engage partout, et puis l’on voit” – Napoleon, which roughly translates to “One jumps into the fray, then djetrich out what to do next.

Return to Book Page. May 28, Renee rated it it was amazing. A large chunk of the book is eietrich how systems change in time and respond to feedback, and how bad humans are handling it.

Only in the end did the author try to handle this question When I started reading the book, I found it very interesting to see the fails in the human way of thinking in complex situations. The fzilure reason not to give it 4 stars was that it is translated very well from German, dorer most of his references are to German language books, articles etc. Great complexity places high demands on a planner’s capacity to gather information, integrate findings, and design effective actions.

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

Especially if you correlate this to computer programming and complex software systems. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These are all mistakes of cognition. Mar 11, Annm rated it it was ok. The math is hard, we hate doing that kind of math and we kid ourselves into believing logiv we can generalize such relationships. 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.


Open Preview See a Problem? For them, to propose a hypothesis was to understand reality; testing that failufe was unnecessary.

The final chapter has actionable advice to recognize situations that may lead to errors. It is probably the closest thing to self-help, psychology or a business advice book I would read.

He points towards ‘wisdom’ with maddening vagueness. Through experience dealing with these systems and reading this book! 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 nonlinear chaotic systems” not an actual quote and the correlary – they can basically only do linear modeling. I would have thought a cognitive psychologist would know better, but then I suppose a less introspective approach wouldn’t sell as many books.

The book recommends greater reflection and also to use more simulations so that we can practice our decision-making skills. Several recognizable methods are covered, methods that we can see in the responses of our would-be leaders to complex situations. These studies, along with some examples drawn from recent events like Chernobyl and military history, are used to explain failure a consequence of a lack of understanding of complex systems.

That’s a classic nonlinear dotner. In other words, planning requires simultaneous action. People tend to respond to the situation, rather than to the process that produces the situation, leading them to overshoot or undershoot in their response. And some people get trapped in methodism, following a predetermined course of action in complete disregard of the information coming in. Some readers may think the writer adds to many examples towards the end of the book, but I believe he simply want to tie it all together.


Trivia About Dlrner Logic of Fail But after a while the book theme was constantly repeating the same pattern: Amazon Second Chance Lotic it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Apr 22, JP rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

The Logic of Failure

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. We all too often think about dornr our role in the problem solving prcess which can have detrimental effects in the long term. And failure doesn’t have to come from incompetence.

Fietrich recommend the book to any looking tpo becominga better problem sol Great book that got me to thinking aboput taking whole or systems thinking when it comes to complex problem solving.

I don’t usually read this genre, but the change of pace was refreshing. Especially when the book contains useful info that can be used in the real world.