Category Archives: Agile

Ethical & Emotional Experiments

This was going to be a more philosophical piece about how to design a good experiment when the outcome you are trying to measure is an emotional response. To be honest I doubt I would have done more than touch … Continue reading

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Antifragile: Measuring Complexity

This post forms part of series I’m doing following the 2 day course I attended in Boston. Yaneer Bar-Yam was speaking along side Nassim N. Taleb. It might be easier to think about the simple first. What makes something simple? … Continue reading

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Antifragile: Black Swans

The term black swan was originally used to describe something as impossible. Back then no-one had seen such a beast. Later when one was found in Australia the meaning changed. It was then used to characterise the thing that once … Continue reading

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More imagination less production line thinking please

I could pick any number of tweets over the last couple of weeks telling us how hypothesis are better than questions, are better than stakeholder stories, are better than user stores, are better than use cases are better than features, are better … Continue reading

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Iain Banks on ‘Miraculist thinking’

I’ve grown up reading Iain Banks. From the Wasp Factory and through his culture based science fiction, I’ve read them all, usually as soon as they are released in hard back. So it was a very sad day when he gave the statement about … Continue reading

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The customer is never wrong. Right?

You’ll more likely know the phrase “The Customer is always right” which was first used by Marshal Field or Harry Gorden Selfridge at the turn of the 20th century. At that time the mindset of most businesses was caveat emptor (let the buyer beware), … Continue reading

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Trust without care is just bullshit

It seems to be stating the bleeding obvious to say that trust is important, but it is. When you trust someone you’re asking them to take care of something of value to you. Trust gets created when that person demonstrates … Continue reading

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