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Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety
Engineering has experienced a technological revolution, but the basic engineering techniques applied in safety and reliability engineering, created in a simpler, analog world, have changed very little over the years. In this groundbreaking book, Nancy Leveson proposes a new approach to safety -- more suited to today's complex, sociotechnical, software-intensive world -- ba ...more
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by MIT Press (MA)
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This is a great deep dive into Safety with a System Theory approach. Lots of case studies, some well known others less so. Really provided me with a better approach to improvements across the board, not just with regard to safety. One of the biggest takeaways for me was the idea that a single root cause is not the best we can do. Becomes a bit repetitive, and delved in and out of it due to the writing style - hence it took so long to read. Plenty to apply from this book in the IT sector and else ...more
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