141: Navigating Blame

July 31st, 2019 · 48 mins 16 secs

About this Episode

02:37 - Interpersonal Neurobiology and Emotionally Meaningful Experiences + Feelings Working on Software

Code Smells

05:42 - Postmortems and Incident Reviews

09:05 - Blaming People / Blamelessness

From Safety-I to Safety-II: A White Paper

15:25 - Systems Are Benign: Equalizing Humans and What They Can Do to What Our Systems and Machines Can Do

22:47 - Survival Rules

27:37 - Perspectives on Blame

The Agile Prime Directive

35:44 - Survival Rules (Cont’d)

Personal Iceberg Metaphor of the Satir Model

37:48 - Gaining EQ and Inward Exploration


John: Handling blame in a healthy way and not blaming people for blaming people.

Chanté: Read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.

Jessica: Software teams are sometimes able to push back against the system because it can point to something tangibly not working.

Also, as an individual, it is not your job to change your whole company.

Astrid: The importance of having these conversations with your team.

Rein: Dealing with a manager who blames through solidarity with coworkers.

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