OXAgile 2019 Takeaways

12 Oct 2019

A few of my main takeaways from this year’s OXAgile conference in Oxford, England.  The annual conference is hosted by Elsevier, in their Tech HQ there. Soft Skills – Culture and Psychology The predominant theme of the day was on…

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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

07 Oct 2019

‘Tidying Up’ is a Netflix Original reality show hosted by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, first released January 2019.  The method requires that you go through 5 categories of things.  For each category, gather everything into one place, and…

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect Explained with Confidence

22 Sep 2019

A lot of this blog is direct quoting of a 2014 article by Dunning, not all of which is credited in the text. What is It? The Dunning-Kruger Effect states that incompetent people cannot recognize just how incompetent they are,…

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Are you a Story Point Expert?

21 Sep 2019

A Scale of Expertise for Story Points I’m currently working on a presentation that is ostensibly about the Dunning Kruger (DK) effect (note: I’ve linked to the Wiki, but the meme “stupid people don’t know how stupid they really are”…

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We Are Experiencing Unusual Call Volumes

01 Aug 2019

This (seemingly standard) IVR message particularly irks me. Queues arise out of mismatches between supply and demand. Sometimes these mismatches are temporary, with the queue acting as a buffer to smooth a variable demand. In other places, however, the mismatches…

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Why I Love Waterfall Software Development.

23 Apr 2019

‘Everyone’ knows that ‘Waterfall’ Software Development was heralded in by the seminal 1970 paper “Managing the Development of Large Software Systems“ by Dr. Winston W.Royce Everyone knows this…except that what he actually invented might just have been Specification Driven Development…

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Super Heroes Needed

15 Feb 2019

Dr BJ Fogg has come up with a new and wonderfully simple change model. The Fogg Behavior Model is one that coaches, clients, and organizations would benefit from paying attention to. It is a blindingly simple model with two axis…

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A Big Data story of sex, relationships, and true love

02 Dec 2015

Sex Big Data is like teen sex: everybody is talking about it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everybody claims they are doing it. Dan Ariely, Duke University But what is ‘it’ exactly?  Even the experts can’t agree on…

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Not-So-Ethical Firms from A to Z

22 Aug 2015

This is a continuation of my exploration of the theoretical construct of the Ethical Firm.  In this article we further explore the concept of corporate ethics by looking at two companies that might be considered “unethical”.  They make the list…

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