Scrum Agile Project Management

Biases, Group Think & Other Nuisances

Agile methods encourage creativity through collaboration, but those ideas, and our responses to others, are filtered through our own perceptions. Most worrisome are the kind of perceptions that we have unknowingly built up and curated over many years, until we are barely aware of them.

Working in groups can improve things, and we have learned to value the wisdom of crowds. But group think creeps in with alarming ease, depriving the team of diversity and breadth of experience. This lively talk introduces cognitive biases and describes their influence on us, our Scrum teams and agile methods. It describes practical methods to avoid, or take advantage of them.

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