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Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety

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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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Sandy Maguire
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Good thesis, that engineering mistakes are more often systems mistakes. If you defund all of the safety mechanisms, of course things are going to be disastrous when they do go wrong. I've seen this time and time again during my engineering career, where the business people and project managers care only about safety in reactionary circumstances.

I abandoned this book about a quarter of the way through though, because my god is it long.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a really great book about safety in complex systems. Having read books like The Challenger Launch Decision and Normal Accidents, my interest in system safety has been piqued and I've been reading any other books on the topic that I can find. This one overviews a method of system safety that looks beyond the root cause analysis used by so many organizations to determine "what went wrong" in an accident or incident.

There is a lot to learn in this book, even for those (such as myself) who a
Mark Perrett
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive thesis on understanding complex systems with an emphasis on achieving safe outcomes. There is quite alot of information in the book and I found myself having to read some parts several times. Not because they were poorly written, but because they were so thought provoking. Mind blowing read.
Michael Webb
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The message of this book is great but my one criticism is that it takes an awfully long time to say it.
Carmen Carlan
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction in safety engineering! A must read book for anyone working in the development of safety-critical systems
Peter Sellars
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
George Anderson
Outstanding book on safety
Bradley Arlt
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I got half way through this book. It starts nice. I loved it. But it degrades more and more to become an ad for the safety analysis that they are research.

Understandable, but not interesting to me.
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