Author Archives: ISOwatcher

Three rules of groupthink: as global warming, so ISO accreditationism

Christopher Booker discovered Irving Janis’s Victims of Groupthink.  He used it as a framework for his report Global Warming: A Case Study in Groupthink.  We reported James Delingpole’s summary earlier. Here are Irving’s three rule of groupthink, useful because they … Continue reading

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Scott’s parabola gives hope

Scott described the growth and death of fads in surgery: It’s not so different from the curve based on real data published by Walsh which observed the fate of other management fads: Walshe, K. Pseudoinnovation: the development and spread of … Continue reading

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Weak evidence for ISO 9001 not being much good in hospitals

Uptake of ISO 9001 in European hospitals is lower than specialised healthcare accreditation schemes (15%) of 73 hospitals in this study.  So evidence on its effectiveness is weak. “There is little hard evidence of the impact of these systems on hospitals to … Continue reading

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Change Board Recertification

US doctors have got themselves organized to oppose being exploited to prove their ability. http://changeboardrecert.com/ is the place to read what’s happening in US medicine. We need to see similar organization against labs being exploited for accreditation by the ISO … Continue reading

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Counterfeit gold problem grows

Gold bugs generally aren’t in a position to have to care about ISO accreditation or certification.  But Egon von Greyerz tells of something else to worry them, FAKE GOLD – SILVER EXPLOSION – END OF BULL MARKET March 23, 2018  … Continue reading

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Advances Afoot in Microbiology

Patel et al. have written about the use of new, rapid Point Of Care (POC) tests in Advances Afoot in Microbiology, Participants in the Academy’s colloquium recommended that clinical microbiologists “retain oversight of the quality assurance of infectious disease diagnostic tests.” … Continue reading

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Conspiracy or groupthink? Or both?

James Delingpole describes the global warming ideology in terms of groupthink rather than conspiracy: According to Janis there are three rules of groupthink. They are: Rule One. A group of people come to share a common view or belief that … Continue reading

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Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs are rejecting CMMI and ISO 9000

Why are Irish software companies ditching ISO 9000?  Mainly cost.  Read the whole palaver: Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs are rejecting CMMI and ISO 9000 O’Connor, Rory and Coleman, Gerry (2009) Ignoring ‘best practice’: Why Irish software SMEs … Continue reading

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Worldview goes shoogly

Scott Adams’ Dilbert understands the ISO scam, even if he doesn’t document the corruption and criminality as thoroughly as Oxebridge. Adams recognizes how another source of cognitive dissonance can work in a TV interviewer: And here’s the original: By the … Continue reading

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ISO 9001’s ongoing decline

Chris Paris has evaluated the 2016 ISO report on ISO 9001’s uptake.  Read his analysis here. The ISO hasn’t bothered to correct misleading figures designed the inflate the standard’s popularity but it continues its secular trend of decline. China and … Continue reading

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