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Joseph Pelrine

C*O at MetaProg GmbH


Seven (plus/minus two) ways your brain screws you up - Going beyond some psychology memes floating around the Agile community
Friday 11:20 - 12:10
Agile psychology

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"Cognitive bias" is a well-known psychological effect often called up to explain - or excuse - a person's behaviour. Although one of the most familiar psychological concepts around, it's definitely not the only one that affects a person's thinking and acting. 

This talk will focus on some cognitive biases and some lesser-known psychological concepts that play a role in influencing how we think and work, as well as correcting misinformation about a few buzzwords. In their inimitable way, Jasmine and Joseph will go beyond the hype to separate facts from the fiction surrounding some of the most popular psychological memes floating around the Agile world. From fundamental attribution error over linguistic priming to the latest research on the Dunning-Kruger effect, we'll discuss the meanings and relevance of these concepts. Most phenomena chosen have a direct relationship to Agile work, but a few have been included simply because they're interesting or funny.

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A specialist in Agile methods, Joseph Pelrine has spent almost 25 years defining and refining processes to help some of the world’s most well-known companies improve their ability to satisfy the needs of their customers. As a psychologist, his focus on people and his experience in applying leading-edge techniques from social complexity and psychology to process optimisation goes far beyond the domain of software development, and extends to the whole organisation.