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Of Heuristics and Yetis

By A Giant’s Shoulder

Today I want to start with another basic topic in decision making: the notion of heuristics. I guess most of the readers will have heard of heuristic thinking and have a certain conception what heuristics are about. 1,727 more words



This is a follow-up to a post I did on critical thinking.

Critical thinking isn’t just something to apply to concepts or other people, we also need to use it on ourselves. 262 more words


Gimme PROOF!

I got my knuckles mildly rapped on Friday for failing to provide the fortnightly data on my exam class. No matter that instead of setting a data-yielding past question, I had specifically directed them to spend an hour’s homework revising, in an attempt to bust their self-confessed reluctance to start preparing for their mocks (and had passed this information on). 607 more words

A Window Into Problems

In 1955, Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham developed a heuristic model for understanding the relationship between self-awareness and transparency with others. The model described four general scenarios in a 2×2 matrix depending on high and low levels of self-awareness and high and low levels of an individual’s transparency with others. 576 more words

Leading Organizations

Contrary wisdom

I’ve continued to edge forward through Tomsett’s book. I am not finding quite the kindred spirit that I expected, but there are nonetheless moments of insight which spark recognition here. 559 more words

New Mauboussin Paper: What’s Going On in Your Brain?

“We are natural pattern seekers and we see them even where none exist. Our brains are keen to make causal inferences, which can lead to faulty conclusions.” 31 more words

Michael J. Mauboussin

Exploratory Testing


“Exploratory testing is simultaneous learning, test design, and test execution” (James Bach)

“A style of software testing that emphasizes the personal freedom and responsibilities of the individual tester to continually optimize the quality of his/her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project.”( 591 more words