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Liz Keogh
Lean/Agile consultant, speaker, blogger, poet, fantasy author, pattern hunter, complexity thinker, free will skeptic, Londoner, BDDer, still Goth. She/her.
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Liz Keogh 13h
The best thing about humans is our ability to use patterns we've already encountered to navigate uncertainty. The worst thing about humans is our tendency to use patterns we've already encountered to navigate uncertainty. Cognitive bias is both necessary and awful.
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James Gleick 15h
“Forbidden: Video that presents itself as a truthful depiction of its subject but has been altered with intent to deceive.” Yes, there may be room for judgment about “intent.” But this is a reasonable standard. In this case FB would agree that it has been violated.
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Liz Keogh 15h
And that won't happen because if you're in a high enough position to make the decision to buy SAFe then you're not going to out yourself as someone who makes bad decisions. This feels similar to the kind of inertia that talks about. Hm.
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Liz Keogh 15h
OK, but then why aren't those more-adaptable frameworks obliterating SAFe? Why is SAFe still selling? We keep railing against it (at least, I'm railing against the bits pretending to be predictable) but we haven't eliminated it yet.
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Liz Keogh 15h
Sure, but when I ask "What kind of chocolate do you use in your recipes?" my clients usually go, "What's chocolate? What do you mean, there's more than one kind?" For whatever Agile practice is the chocolate of the day.
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Liz Keogh 15h
So if we want to land something which is equally successful, we have to find a way to speak to that need too, or eliminate it. It's why I'm such a huge fan of Real Options. "You can have certainty, just not yet."
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Liz Keogh 15h
They're able to speak to the human desire for certainty, which is why it sells so well; but then it's hard for them (and the rest of us!) to sell emergence & adaptation. My frustration isn't just with SAFe but with humans generally. SAFe is filling a (falsely) perceived need.
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Liz Keogh 15h
...that's not how SAFe is sold. It's sold as a transformation that will allow everyone to routinely and predictably deliver value; an unchanging end-state that doesn't actually match the reality of a continually shifting tech ecosystem. My biggest problem is with the marketing.
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Liz Keogh 15h
I try not to use recipes at all; suspect a lot of complexity thinkers are the same. If you only use a particular model as an example of what might happen (i.e.: coherence) and it's done in a way that's safe-to-fail then it's fine, but...
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Liz Keogh 16h
Just about everyone I've spoken to who has a successful SAFe story has done some stuff that isn't in SAFe (and left some SAFe stuff out). If adaptability (and applicability) to context was explicit in their training and marketing, would we be more forgiving of the rest of it?
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Liz Keogh May 25
Replying to @marlenac @devrelcon
Anything plastic that is going to get thrown away. Balls, key fobs, USB sticks that are too small to be useful, frisbees... I'll take paper over yet more useless plastic any day.
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Kevlin Henney May 23
The new season of Brexit looks set to fill the void many feel has been left by Game of Thrones
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Martin Fowler May 24
I call it "faux", calls it "fake" - either way it's a problem and here he digs into some of its manifestations
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briankrebs May 24
First American Financial Corp. has fixed a weakness in its site that appears to have exposed more than 885 million records related to mortgage deals going back to 2003 Data exposed: SSNs, bank acct info, DL scans, mortgage/tax records, wire details
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Sarah Taraporewalla May 17
Presenting was good today but proudest moment was this. Sharing the plight of my friend who got me speaking at conferences in the first place.
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Joseph Hurtado May 24
“A high volume of activity often disguises a lack of effective action.” Stephen Bungay. I also call this the Fool’s Trap: the ignorant belief that activity equals progress.
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Laurie Macfarlane May 24
Our next Prime Minister, folks.
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Dare Obasanjo May 21
Overheard at work: When you’re fundraising, it’s AI When you’re hiring, it’s ML When you’re implementing, it’s linear regression When you’re debugging, it’s printf()
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Liz Keogh May 23
Replying to @smitapmishra
Hi, I am following you; please DM me some context as a first step - thanks!
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Liz Keogh May 21
Exactly.
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