Category Archives: Management

Risk-based thinking – it’s risky not to understand the mathematics of risk (and randomness)

Dr Melvyn Langford explains how the US Department of Defense (DoD) invented the 5×5 risk matrix in the 1980s. The methodology uses ordinal numbers (which are only for ranking) as if they are suitable for calculations.  It is misleading, meaningless and … Continue reading

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Oxebridge whistleblower hotline launched

Tired of griping about the problems UKAS manufactures while the real problems of the ISO gang go on killing people?  Now you can do something about it. Whistleblow to Oxebridge’s hotline. Fill in the form, let the experts investigate and … Continue reading

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Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused by Medical Devices

The FDA keeps suppressed lists of medical device failures.  You can read about it on Medscape: FDA spokeswoman Deborah Kotz confirmed that the “registry exemption” was created without any public notice or regulations. “Any device manufacturer can request an exemption … Continue reading

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Corruption of safety certification kills over 180

Over 180 people have died from a deadly mudslide which caused a faulty Brazilian dam to collapse, in spite of safety certification by TUV Sud.  Read the story here. Third-party accreditation was supposed to prevent this sort of thing.  ISO … Continue reading

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In Defense of Laziness

Click through to read Charles Chu’s In Defense of Laziness. He writes, In a similar manner, von Hammerstein understood that the worst thing you can have is a hardworking idiot that goes around creating more work for everyone else. This … Continue reading

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ISO standards – the backlash

Nuclear safety guy, Martin Wakeman, summarises the backlash against malpractice using ISO standards in cartoons:

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Six Sigma Is Draining Employees’ Creativity

Should your organization decide that ISOs are inadequate and add Six Sigma, consider Andrew Smart’s explanation and click through to read more fully or to order his book: The single most important goal of the Six Sigma is to reduce varia­tion in … Continue reading

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Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement?

The King’s Fund report referred to in the previous BMJ article can be downloaded here: Impact of the Care Quality Commission on provider performance: room for improvement? Its long summary includes, What are the implications of our findings? We also tried … Continue reading

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The self-made women who created the Myers-Briggs

Nature carries an interesting review of the Myers-Briggs nonsense.  Popularised by the OSS and carried forward by corporate America. Maybe one day the ISO accreditation racket will also be debunked. Click through… The self-made women who created the Myers–Briggs S. … Continue reading

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Margaret McCartney: A summary of four and a half years of columns in one column

Nothing to do with accreditation, just the poor thinking that lies behind it.  Dr McCartney is critical of inappropriate screening.  ISO accreditation is certainly that.  Some of her points most relevant to accreditation are below.  Click through to the BMJ to … Continue reading

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