Monthly Archives: March 2013

Horizon: How to avoid mistakes in surgery

The BBC’s Horizon: How to avoid mistakes in surgery showed how surgeons have learned from pilots, F1 racing and firefighters. They use checklists to work through the loss of situational awareness that arises during crises. The reduction in surgical mismanagement … Continue reading

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A grand theory

When Thomas Sowell wrote, “The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread … Continue reading

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Global temperature and quality – flatlining?

Christopher Brooker has reproduced a Met Office graph showing the scale of global warming.   In earlier versions the earth’s temperature looked something like the percentage of people rejecting the global warming ideology: It was used to justify numerous plans … Continue reading

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Taylor would have loved ITIL

Scientific management doesn’t just survive in the ISO management and laboratory standards.  Bureaucrats are also preying on the IT industry, write Dave Herpen, Taylor would have loved ITIL POSTED BY DAVEHERPEN ⋅ FEBRUARY 28, 2012   Although Frederick Winslow Taylor died in 1915, way … Continue reading

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The mercy of quality?

Rather than accepting Lord Carter of Coles as an authority on pathology, we should recognise him as a Blair crony and one whose boardroom interests will probably not see him become financially worse off with the privatisation of the NHS.  Written in the … Continue reading

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