Category: Human Factors

Topics surrounding the idea of human factors, blame awareness, and learning culture.

Book Review – Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

I recently had a chance to review Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, which takes a critical look at several examples of catastrophic failure in many differing areas and applies Perrow’s theories of Normal Accidents in order to address these systemic problems we face regularly. A lot of the background in human factors I’m… Read more →

Thoughts on the role of Incident Commander

As with most of my blog posts, this should be considered a living document, the ideas offered here being malleable, as I would hope the document that it references be flexible to new ideas. Conversations surrounding this welcomed and encouraged as we all continue to learn. I recently came across Pagerduty’s documentation surrounding their philosophy on the Incident Commander (here… Read more →