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Dan Creswell
Software Dynamicist - Tech is the servant of humanity. Dabbler in martial arts.
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Dan Creswell 20h
If you aren't paying Oracle for JDK support, you'll want to read this: "the Oracle JDK will primarily be for commercial and support customers and OpenJDK builds from Oracle are for those who do not want commercial support or enterprise management tools."
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Dan Creswell 21h
Why Every Software Team Needs an Anthropologist “feedback is often relegated to gauging user reactions at release. So, too often it’s build/ release/ gauge reaction/ repeat and rinse. This can be a dangerous way to design and build software,”
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Aug 9
We are prone to epidemics of fallacies (scientism, universalism, academism, psychosociologism, stateworshipism), but not epidemics of wisdom, as nature filters out those with bad immune system.
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Allen Holub Aug 9
This thread is an interesting example of everything that’s wrong with the performance-review culture. There are many formal studies that conclusively prove that individual performance reviews are actively destructive. This thread lists strategies for victims of that process. 1/
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
And there’s a good chance what’s built isn’t fit for (customer) purpose.
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
Waste reduction in most orgs amounts to faulty optimisations such as cost reduction, slack elimination and stripping back QA mechanisms. The overall effect is to put a(nother) dirty great wrench in the product development organism.
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Philip Crosby Associates Aug 10
The point of Deming's 95/5 rule wasn't to give the majority of people an excuse not to improve. it was to give everyone the insight to look past our individual roles and collectively work on the larger system issues which are holding us all back.
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Rob Russell Aug 10
Replying to @www_ora_tion_ca
There's nothing that the software industry can gain by belittling the life-safety industries that they can learn so much from, just because a comic strip hurt their feelings.
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Alan Aug 9
Software seems to be in the late “boiler explosions” phase of maturity as an engineering discipline. This is not a slight, it’s a call to do better and an acknowledgement that there’s a century of work ahead.
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Rob Russell Aug 11
Replying to @DrPizza
Airline travel is not safe just because Boeing and Airbus have good engineering techniques, it's because the industry accepted that their reality is unmanageably complex without the introduction of continuous improvement processes.
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
No surprise given what typically passes for management. Both groups of folks have “issues”
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Robert J Frey Aug 10
The marriage of optimization and our increased ability to collect and integrate data is the Enemy. It's not optimization per se; rather, we are such rotten optimizers. Optimal solutions are often error maximizers, by their nature overfitting to the past. 1/2
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Robert J Frey Aug 10
Replying to @financequant
Optimal solutions are brittle; they tend to have poor failure modes and work well until they fail catastrophically and with little warning. Worse, this fragility lulls us to a false security, leading us to be both underprepared and creating a positive feedback loop of stress.
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
Some Engineers Are Turning Down Tech Recruiters in Silicon Valley Over Concerns About Corporate Value - Slashdot Corps need to connect better to those they claim to serve if they want credibility with folks.
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
We must dismantle corporate norms if we’re serious about being more productive (noting that this is far from the most important metric).
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
Remember when this was the tobacco industry? Expect more of these...
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Adelbert Groebbens Aug 11
"We favor highly granular planning (small time interval buckets) because we don’t understand the statistics of variability...In contrast, when we emphasize flow, we focus on queues rather than timelines. Queues are a far better control variable than cycle time." ~
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Hayek_Quotes Aug 9
"The idea that one can trace the causal connections of any events without employing a theory, or that such a theory will emerge automatically from the accumulation of a sufficient amount of facts, is sheer illusion." -- Friedrich Hayek
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
What HBR Gets Wrong About Algorithms and Bias “The media often frames advances in AI through a lens of humans vs. machines...This framework is both inaccurate as to how most algorithms are used, as well as a very limited way to think about AI.”
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Dan Creswell Aug 13
I could tolerate the idea of cost and profit centres were it not for the fact that it often leads to the belittling of the creators of profitable instruments in favour of those who merely collect the money. Consider cost management...
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