Learning from failure LO30037

From: Fred Nickols (nickols@safe-t.net)
Date: 04/02/03

Replying to LO30026 --

>Hanching writes in LO29950:
> > Here some of us try to learn some Lessons From Failure ( a Japanese Book)
> > and Learning Through Failure: The Strategy of Small Losses by Sim B Sitkin
> > (Research in Organization Behavior, Vol. 14) or Dr Deming's
> > plan-do-study-act cycle.
>For more lessons from failure, I recommend Henry Petroski's book "To
>Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design", and the more
>recent "Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in
>Engineering". Petroski's writing gives an excellent sense of the human
>side of engineering.
>Don Dwiggins

I'd like to echo Don's recommendation regarding Henry Petroski's book.
It addresses not only how the field of engineering advances (in part)
based on what is learned from failures, it also sheds a great deal of
light on the engineering mindset and, along the way, displays a great mind
at work; namely, Petroski's.

Fred Nickols


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