Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success
What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?
What is the connection between Dave Brailsford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?
What links the inventor James Dyson and the basketball player Michael Jordan?
They are all Black Box Thinkers.
Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't
It summarizes what many other scientists have mentioned, encapsulated into a coherent book.(less)
The book tackles a number of important aspects of failure, such as the idea of complexity and how the world we live in is an immensely complex ...more
If you have had recent experience of a medical situatio ...more
The purpose of this book is to offer a radically different perspective. It will argue that we need to redefine our relationship with failure, as individuals, as organizations, and as societies. This is the mos ...more
No longer shall he wait for the perfect product. Instead the prototype shall be launched as per the deadline as is where is. Iteration as a process is hencefort ...more
Black Box Thinking is a book about failure, and how far, far too many aspects of our lives take exactly the wrong approach to it. His central argument is that nothing is more central to personal, systemic and societal progress than an open, honest and healthy approach to failure. Researched and supported by an exhaustive list of examples, the book was a pleasure to read, and I hope that ...more
The insights in the book do fade a little as you progress. I was looking for concrete methods to improve and rather found evidence being piled upon for the same message again and again. ...more
It provides the reader with lots of insights, examples and evidence why some people indeed never learn from their mistakes.
Everyone of us makes mistakes, every day, but what's most important is how you deal with your mistakes. If you're prone to understand what went wrong and how, and look for a solution or improvement, you'll teach yourself a meaningful lesson. Otherwise, what will happen is that you' ...more
I liked the examples of marginal gains and randomized controlled trials. "if you break down a big goal into small parts, and then improve on each of them, you will deliver a huge increase when you put them all together". Great, inspiring stories about form ...more
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The only fly in the ointment is that the author makes some sw ...more
Matthew tells a lot of emouvant thriller story, most of time of people being killed and mistakes can be avoided by acknowl ...more
We cover up mistakes, not only to protect ourselves from others, but to protect us from ourselves. Experiments have demonstrated that we all have a sophisticated ability to delete failures from memory, like editors cutting gaffes from a film reel—as we’ll see. Far from learning from mistakes, we edit them out of the official autobiographies we all keep in our own heads.”