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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Nov 09, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. A presumptuous book full of truisms. Make small changes, seek steady states, and do not try and race a chaotic system.

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

All we can do is recognize that complex situations are hard and assess them as they come and not try to predict the future. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It makes sense to rely on sims when it’s not possible to study something in the real world, for example with global warming. He addresses the typical tailure planners and researchers demonstrate, their often counterproductive thought processes and behaviors. 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 dietrrich to find ay scientific references for the poijnts he was trying to make.

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We all too often think about only our role in the problem solving prcess which can have detrimental effects in the long term.

That’s the best encouragement you can muster in the face of continued and predictable human failure? Not asking questions, but asking why questions. I gave this book five stars partly because I think decisions in complex situations are not explored enough and far too few people are paying sufficient attention to this problem. Write a customer review. Sep 16, Andrea James rated it it was amazing.


This one brought back memories of undergrad labs, and my impatience running old-fashioned melting point apparatuses that used oil baths and a power knob.

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

Instead of generating hypotheses, they generated ‘truths’. Factors that are at no lack to anyone, but seem to slip away through our common sense which just means our present and available brain capacity or capabilities ; factors such as temporal configurations, realizations of non-linear relationships, tendency to employ methodism, etc.

It’s a thought-provoking book for anyone whose job is to tackle complex problems. No trivia or quizzes yet. I’m personally not a fan of the way Dorner derives his observations on planning. Highly recommend this to anyone interested in how systems fail, be it real world or in software. That’s a classic nonlinear relationship.

There are many factors affecting our planning and actions, of considera Concise, direct and up to the point. In addition, his basic attitude was that people fail becuse they arent’t as smart as he is, although h Ultimately, the author of this book was just stringing a bunch of anecdotes together to try to prove that simulated gaming would be a good training method.

I 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. The book recommends greater reflection and also to use more simulations so that we can practice our decision-making skills. The Logic Of Failure: There is a good bit of sadistic thrill in watching very educated the volunteer victims people flail miserably at tasks specifically designed to steer them into their worst patterns of thought.


Any problem is much more complex than we like to believe. Complexity is the label we will give to the existence of many interdependent variables in a given system. The entire book is full of real world case studies and experiments showing how bad planning is the result of inadequate understanding of the interrelationships between complex systems, inability to visualize non-linear chains of causation and more importantly, the inadequate self-testing of the relationships between our mental models of reality and reality itself.

The slowness of our thinking-We streamline the process of problem solving to save time and energy. Such attempts to measure the complexity of a system have in fact been made.

The Logic of Failure

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 Logic of Failure is a compass for intelligent planning and decision-making that dorher sharpen the skills of managers, policymakers and dornee involved in the daily challenge of getting from point A to point B.

So raw, made to read few time before closing the book.

Oct 20, Daniel Frank doener it really liked it. When you fill up your gas tank, drive 50 miles and the fuel gauge barely budges, then you drive another 50 and it plunges. You were honing your problem-solving skills. Paperbackpages.

My one 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. Apr 10, Robert Bor rated it it was ok.

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