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ETE 2010 Session #9 - Linda Rising - Deception and Estimation

We are pleased to release this recording of Linda Rising's talk on Deception and Estimation.  This is a one-hour talk, and is a good talk about how we deceive ourselves in a number of ways in life in general, and of course in the estimation process.

From the abstract:

"Cognitive scientists tell us that we are hardwired for deception. It seems we are overly optimistic, and, in fact, we wouldn’t have survived without this trait. With this built-in bias as a starting point, it’s almost impossible for us to estimate accurately.

That doesn’t mean all is lost. We must simply accept that our estimates are best guesses and continually re-evaluate as we go, which is, of course, the agile approach to managing change. Linda Rising has been part of many plan-driven development projects where sincere, honest people with integrity wanted to make the best estimates possible and used many “scientific” approaches to make it happen – all for naught. Re-estimation was regarded as an admission of failure to do the best up-front estimate and resulted in a lot of overhead and meetings to try to “get it right.” Offering examples from ordinary life – especially from the way people eat and drink – Linda demonstrates how hard it is for us to see our poor estimating skills and helps work with the self-deception that is hardwired in all of us."

Thanks to Linda Rising for speaking at ETE 2010 and letting us publish her talk.  


Direct download: ETE-2010-9-LindaRising-DeceptionAndEstimation.mp3
Category:ETE Sessions -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Chariot DevNews Episode 21 - We have Rails 3 RC1, Grails and Griffon, and more!

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Direct download: Chariot-DeveloperNews-21-07-29-2010.mp3
Category:devnews -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Chariot DevNews Episode 20 - Start, Finish, or Play the Game
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Direct download: Chariot-DevNews-20-07-14-2010.mp3
Category:devnews -- posted at: 4:26pm EDT

Chariot DevNews Episode 19 - Releases Releases, oh pay me, HTML5 salary please

Chariot Developer News Episode #19

Hosts: Ken Rimple and Eric Snyder

The watchword this week is Release... Many releases upcoming or out, including FireFox 4 beta/preview 1, Tomcat 7 beta 1, and the upcoming Passenger 3 and GMail with HTML 5.

Links are not being loaded to delicious yet, so here they are in their glory!

Direct download: DevNews-Episode-19-07-01-2010.mp3
Category:devnews -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

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