The Field Guide is inspired by the work of colleagues in ‘error’ and safety research. I have been fortunate enough to talk and work with many of them over the past decades, including David Woods, Erik Hollnagel, Richard Cook, James Reason, Nancy Leveson, Ed Hutchins, Diane Vaughan, Gene Rochlin, John Flach and Judith Orasanu. The foundations for much of what we all do in ‘human error’ and organizational safety today were laid by pioneers such as Alphonse Chapanis, Paul Fitts, Jens Rasmussen and Barry Turner.

I want to thank the practitioners and many readers of earlier versions of The Field Guide to give me the inspiration to write a new edition. It is through all your work across the world that the message of The Field Guide ...

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