[FoRK] How Complex Systems Fail

Benjamin Black b at b3k.us
Fri Nov 6 20:33:14 PST 2009

Bill Stoddard wrote:
> Guess I'm left scratching my head a bit too, wondering why the author
> felt the need to say  'Post-accident attribution accident to a <single
> cause> is fundamentally wrong.'  

Likely because the prevailing wisdom in formal operations regimes is
that there is _a_ root cause and it can be identified, documented, and
recurrence eliminated.  Hello, ITIL!  The alternative is too terrifying
for folks with such a mindset to even contemplate.


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