July 2016

Agile Amped Podcast

July 31, 2016
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Check out my Agile Amped Podcast at Agile 2016 on Creating Implementations of Intent and What Makes Great Developers Great.

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Linear versus Exponential

July 27, 2016 0 comments

If I offered you a thousand dollars a day for thirty days, or a penny for the first day but I’ll double it every day for thirty days, which would you take? The former is a linear progression: 1000+1000+1000+1000… and the latter is an exponential progression: .01x2x2x2 . . . At the end of the […]

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Telling Smaller Lies

July 20, 2016 0 comments

People like certainty but we live in an uncertain world. The future is uncertain and therefore it’s scary, so we tell ourselves stories about the future. We know they’re lies, but they’re good lies. They help us set our expectations. We can’t help but lie to ourselves. If we didn’t, if we had to live […]

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A Culture of Inefficiency

July 13, 2016 0 comments

The web site Mental Floss recently reprinted a series of helpful instructions written in Japan for Japanese tourists planning to visit America (http://mentalfloss.com/article/55140/10-japanese-travel-tips-visiting-america). These ten sometimes funny, sometimes confusing bits of advice ends with this: “In Japan, there is great fear of failure and mistakes in front of other people. It is better to do […]

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Incentivizing the Wrong Things

July 6, 2016 0 comments

History is full of examples of institutions incentivizing the wrong things. In 2007, in response to an increase in the population of wild pigs in the area surrounding Fort Benning in Georgia, the US Army sponsored a bounty program, paying local hunters from $25 to $40 per wild pig killed. All a hunter had to […]

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