Steve is very shy and withdrawn, invariably helpful but with little interest in people or in the world of reality. A meek and tidy soul, he has a need for order and structure, and a passion for detail.

Is Steve more likely to be a librarian or a farmer?

Before you proceed, pause for a moment and make your choice – A for librarian and B for farmer and also make a mental note for your reasoning.

The description “a meek and tidy soul, he has a need for order and structure” flips the decision towards librarian for most people. If you have chosen A as the answer then it is wrong but the main point is to understand why it is wrong?

In similar way, any large architecture or design involves making lot of decision, though the current Lean Product Development suggests Assume variability; preserve options. It is good develop an ability to make good choices.

This session talks about cognitive bias and it's effect and how this can be addressed by using a Choice Architecture.

This session is inspired by the work done by nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler and design guru, the person behind human centred design Don Norman.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

0-15 - Part 1 Cognitive bias

16-30 -Part 2 Choice Architecture

31-40 - Part 3 Reflective exercise

41-45- Part 4 Closing

Learning Outcome

- Awareness about bias and it's economic impact

- Techniques to handle it

Target Audience

Architects, Dev-Ops Leads, Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters, Managers, CTO, CEO

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  • Archana Joshi
    By Archana Joshi  ~  9 months ago
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    Thank you for your submission. Have you implemented the concepts outlined in the presentation in any practical situations? Could you please highlight those. It will help if this can be more case study basis so that audience can have concrete takeaways that can be potentially implemented in their work.