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# Bullshit Asymmetry Principle lightning talk

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My almost viral lightning talk about the Bullshit Asymmetry Principle. Explained by science. Presented at XP2014 in Rome and at ALE2014 in Krakow

My almost viral lightning talk about the Bullshit Asymmetry Principle. Explained by science. Presented at XP2014 in Rome and at ALE2014 in Krakow

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• 1. You’ll never win against… B.A.P.
• 2. “I gave you 2 more persons... You’ll deliver earlier!”
• 3. “I gave you 2 more persons... You’ll deliver earlier!” - Linear outcome (false) - Linear proportion between cost and delivered value (false) - Linear starting costs (false)
• 4. “We couldn’t hire a senior, so we hired two juniors”
• 5. “We couldn’t hire a senior, so we hired two juniors” - Linear outcome (false) - Linear proportion between cost and delivered value (false) - Linear starting costs (false)
• 6. “Proceed with the other activities in the meanwhile”
• 7. “Proceed with the other activities in the meanwhile” - Null context switch cost (false) - Suspended activities remain idle (false) - Doing is always better than not doing (false)
• 8. B.A.P.
• 9. Bullshit Asymmetry Principle
• 10. The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it
• 11. The science behind http://www.wpclipart.com/medical/anatomy/brain/four_lobes_of_the_cerebral_cortex.png.html
• 12. This is how we are
• 13. System 1 Quick pattern matching parallel processing, unaware mode Low energy consumption System 2 Complex elaboration that need attention and concentration No parallelism High energy consumption
• 14. Some battles cannot be won
• 15. Information asymmetry position asymmetry time availability
• 16. Avoid them Don’t put key people in the position to bullshit you
• 17. Create context Environment, fail-safe condition, confidence…
• 18. Accept it Somebody is always going to be wrong on the internet
• 19. Thanks @ziobrando