1st Edition

Critical Thinking Learning from Mistakes and How to Prevent Them

By Gerald J. Watson Jr. Copyright 2020
    85 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    85 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Mistakes occur for many reasons. This book takes a hands-on approach to the reasons mistakes happen, analyzes the actual mistakes, and develops a strategy to reduce them.

    This book proposes error reduction strategies in human decision making and educates the reader to further reduce the likelihood of making a mistake. It provides error reduction strategies, describes various cost-effective methods for eliminating costly errors, and discusses Anthropometry, Crew Resource Management, Human Factors, Industrial Engineering, Scientific Management, and Usability and the role these topics play in the avoidance of mistakes.

    This book will be of interest to professionals and students in the areas of industrial engineering, human factors, logistics, quality control, manufacturing, human resources, and safety.

    1. To Err is Human. 2. Examples Observed in Establishing Production Standards. 3. Examples Observed in Using Only Costs as a Guide to Purchase Items. 4. Examples that May Result in Illegal Work Stoppages or Walkouts. 5. Examples that May Cause in an Increase in the Number of Accidents/Lost Time Injuries. 6. Examples of Packaging that Require Excessive Time to Open, Additional Equipment or Additional Help. 7. Examples of Instructions that are Poorly Written or Lacking Detail Requiring Excessive Assembly Time or Reassembly.


    Gerald J. Watson Jr., a Vietnam Veteran, graduated from Ga Tech with a B.S and M.S in Industrial Management, spent 30 years working in industry with several companies in different industries as an Industrial engineer, plant, engineering and safety team manager, before returning to earn a PhD in Industrial Engineering from NC A&T, has taught at the community college and university level for over 20 years, and whose main focus in teaching is to get students to think and to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

    Jesse J. Derouin, graduated magnum cum laude with a bachelor's of science degree in Applied Engineering Technology.