Category Archives: Culture

Human Factors at The Fringe: Every Brilliant Thing

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for. 1. Ice Cream 2. Kung … Continue reading

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Human Factors at The Fringe: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Walrus’ award-winning show returns to Edinburgh in Paines Plough’s Roundabout. ‘Let’s just talk until it goes.’ The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find … Continue reading

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Human Factors at The Fringe

There have been many debates in human factors about its status as science or art or both, and the scientific literature has recorded some of the issues spanning back over 50 years (e.g., de Moraes, 2000; Moray, 1994; Wilson, 2000; … Continue reading

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What I learned from Velocity Barcelona 2014: Reflections on Human Factors, Safety and WebOps

I went to Velocity EU 2014 in Barcelona this week – the conference for web operations/WebOps people (around 2000 participants in the US, around half that in Europe). Velocity is a great conference. The schedule is here. I went to talk about life after ‘human error‘, … Continue reading

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If it weren’t for the managers…

“If only it weren’t for the managers, the goddamned managers, always getting tangled up in the system. If it weren’t for them, the world would be a systems thinker’s paradise.” In a previous post, an article for an issue of HindSight magazine on … Continue reading

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“Are we the baddies?!” Symbols and organisational cultures

Once your own culture becomes invisible to you, you know you have become a victim of it. There are, however, physical manifestations of our organizational life that we can notice – if we look: symbols. Look and ask around your … Continue reading

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The Principles of Punk Rock at Work

About the time I was born, a new musical genre emerged. Disillusioned with the rock music scene of the ’70s, a new music was created in the garages of the Western world: punk rock. What’s that got to do with … Continue reading

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