Safety Moment - BONUS -L8MM


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Enough Said. Short, sweet, and incredibly effective.
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PAPod 59 - There are no easy answers to hard problems - Bill Rigot and Todd talk about investigations


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Bill Rigot and Todd sit down to talk about investigations.  This topic has gotten a lot of interest and this is the first of a series of podcasts that will talk about investigating a failure.  During this conversation the idea that Occam's Razor might not be true in the new view.  More information, less overly-simplified information, is better.
Investigations are an art form - not a science.  Talking about the art of investigation is probably the best way to understand investigations in Safety II - the new view.
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Safety Moment - Death-Proof Cars?


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Volvo announced last month that by the year 2020 it will be impossible to die in their sedans and cross-over vehicles.   That is a bold statement.   Could they be right?  Well, nobody had died in one of their vehicles since 2011...perhaps the question should be "have they done it already?"
This safety moment challenges the way we are looking at Fatality and Serious Incident prevention.  I think we are looking at this problem wrong.  What do you think?
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PAPod 58 - Todd’s Slovenia HRO Conference talk


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Last year a meeting was held in Slovenia on High Reliability and New View Safety.  I was lucky enough to be invited to give a presentation at this meeting.  
Our friend Jim Howe recorded the presentation and with much encouragement asked me to put it on the Podcast so you could hear it.  See what you think?
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Safety Moment - Blame vs. Understanding


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As amazing as this sounds, I think these two values (blame and understanding) are exact opposites.  In fact if you choose one of these - you cannot choose the other one.  You will have to decide for yourself if you think this idea is correct.
One way to do that is to enjoy this weeks safety moment.  See what you think?
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PAPod 57 - System Reliability - John Allspaw


Safety Podcast, Devops, Safety Culture, Safety Differently, Safety Leadership, New View Safety, Organizational Change, Operational Excellence, Safety, Reliability

So this podcast episode is one I have been looking forward to doing for almost a year.  When the podcast first started a person "tweeted" an episode on being wrong...and suddenly dozens of people were asking me about John Allspaw.  

John has worked in systems operations for over fourteen years in biotech, government and online media. He started out tuning parallel clusters running vehicle crash simulations for the U.S. government, and then moved on to the Internet in 1997. He built the backing infrastructures at,, Friendster, and Flickr. He is now the CTO at Etsy, and is the author of "The Art of Capacity Planning" and "Web Operations" published by O'Reilly. He speaks from time to time at conferences on topics related to web operations, operations and development culture, infrastructure, and capacity planning.

He's a dad, guitarist, engineer, and wiseguy.  He is also a great podcast interview.  I bet you cannot listen to this episode with learning something new...come on!  Take the bet.  You know I am good for it.  I know you will love this episode.  Thanks for listening and tell your friends.  You are a a part of the fastest growing safety podcast on earth!

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PS.  Hey John.  I play the guitar, you play the guitar, we should play guitar.

Safety Moment - DPO


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If you don't have a DPO policy or process in your organization...get one!  This only makes you better, smarter, faster, stronger, thiner and sweeter.

You need all of those things...

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PAPod 56 - Diabolical Change - Nicole Barrett


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Let me introduce Nicole Barrett.  She care a lot about safety and safety culture.  I like the way Nicole thinks about safety culture.  For too long safety culture has been a code word to blame the worker...and that simply is not true.  Nicole specialises in the area of safety culture. She designed and delivered a 3-year research program now recognised as leading practice in terms of method, rigor and value. The longitudinal studies contributed to targeted interventions and measurable performance improvements for the organisations. 

Nicole is passionate about learning. Her reputation is based on the ability to work from the conceptual through to solution design and delivery of quality outcomes. She integrates the theoretical with pragmatic yet robust interventions to bring about real transformation and business benefits.

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Safety Moment - Three Competencies for Senior Leaders


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There is an old joke...The absent-minded maestro was racing up New York’s Seventh Avenue to a rehearsal, when a stranger stopped him. “Pardon me,” he said, “can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?”  “Yes,” answered the maestro breathlessly. “Practice!”
 The three things Senior Leaders need to practice - and we must make the space and skill to practice these three skills.
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