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Psychology

Harnessing the Positive Side of the Dunning Kruger Effect

I jotted an article recently about The Dreyfus Model and The Dunning Kruger Effect. In that article I spoke about how The Dreyfus Model is being mistakenly applied to the role of “programmer” rather than to each individual skill. This time round, I’m going to talk about harnessing the positive powers of The Dunning Kruger […]

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Psychology

Can You Patronise People Into Change

There is a well known management book named ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson. This is a book that has sold in large numbers and has on countless occasions been used as some kind of patronising change-truncheon to force employees to embrace some organisational change. While I have no strong opinion on the […]

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Programming Psychology

The Dreyfus Model Mistake in Software Development

I have recently been reading in more detail about The Dreyfus Model, which was originally based on a study of how students acquire skills. This model is often used to describe software development, very often alongside the Dunning-Kruger effect, but in our enthusiasm to apply these studies to software development, we have made a fundamental […]

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Psychology

The Flux Capacitor of Control

Update! I have added a link at the bottom of this article to an update that affects this technique somewhat. If you enjoy this article, it is worth following the link to see my more recent thoughts. The Flux Capacitor Of Control is a variation of a technique used for reducing stress and friction in […]

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Process Psychology

Context Switching Comes at the Price of Delivery

If you are a programmer, you will know that context switching is the process of dehydrating and rehydrating the state of a CPU in order to allow it to run more than one process. Simplistically speaking, it allows you to run more than one program when you only have one CPU. If you are old […]

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Psychology

Tidy Desk Tidy Mind

This week I tidied my desk to remove all the distracting stuff and bizarre paperwork that seems to accumulate even though I’m a developer and can’t think of any reason why any paperwork should be required in my job – except maybe for copious numbers of sticky-notes. All that is left are a couple of […]