[FoRK] How Complex Systems Fail

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at radicalcentrism.org
Fri Nov 6 13:55:27 PST 2009


Excellent stuff -- thanks for passing it on!

On Nov 6, 2009, at 11:06 AM, Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:

> A short paper; 18 significant points in four pages. I found this to be a very interesting analysis. Some of the points are immediately obvious. Some of the points are a bit counterintuitive, or at least argue against common practice but are on the money in spite of that ... or perhaps because of it. 
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> He's talking about medical systems but it applies equally to any complex system.
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> It's a paper that every CIO should be forced to read once a month, forever. It should be considered the stone tablet for post hoc analysis teams. And probably should be required reading for every project manager.
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> For 18 short points there is a tremendous amount of meat in this. Seriously good thinking.
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> http://www.ctlab.org/documents/How%20Complex%20Systems%20Fail.pdf
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>             ...ken...
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