The anatomy of a bad decision – encouraging more bad decisions

I have just written a couple of articles on bad decisions and I seem to be getting a little carried away with the idea (the articles are here and here). But I have been focusing on how to avoid or learn from mistakes. This is a little one sided, so I thought I would balance things out by exploring how evil agile coaches and dodgy leaders actually encourage greater mistake making and greater carnage generally, without expending too much effort. Regular readers of my blog are probably aware of my occasional work with evil coaches. Even if you are not … Continue reading The anatomy of a bad decision – encouraging more bad decisions

The anatomy of a bad decision

I was talking about mistakes in my last post and I said I might look at bad decisions. Thinking about thinking I have made bad decisions because I did not wait to find out more information, but I also gone off to find more information, only to regret not making the decision early. Oh dear, it sounds like deciding whether to make a decision is in itself is a decision, so even avoiding a decision involves making a decision to avoid the decision. The only way to avoid that is to avoid deciding to avoid the decision, but that means … Continue reading The anatomy of a bad decision

Safe to fail, naughty or just a mistake

I am an agile guy now so I believe in things like psychological safety, “safe to fail” and trusting people. Just like all agile coaches, I am a nice guy and I believe everyone else is too. So I let people try new things, they make mistakes and we are pretty happy about it all, since we know mistakes are a great source of learning. Of course there is a small blast radius where the mistakes led to some human suffering but that is cool because we all learned from the experience. But in the old days I did a … Continue reading Safe to fail, naughty or just a mistake