ACE! 2013 - Social Sciences Make a Difference

The pure intention of this talk is to introduce interesting phenomena and fascinating experiments from the social sciences to the audience. These experiments have been around for a while, but we rarely apply their findings in our life. The talk won’t just explain a phenomenon like the “Learned Helplessness” or an experiment like the “Hawthorne experiment”, but will show how to use its findings for your benefit.

Being aware of the state of our minds and our environment is very important not only for Agile teams, but for any team. Let’s say that you have made up your mind about what you are going to do and are about to execute your plan. There may be several courses of action for you to take at this point, and in my experience the best way is to examine the situation, look for social science studies that match the problem at hand, pick one, and carefully apply its recommendations. The more studies and experiments you know the better your chances are to pick the right one, and make a positive difference.

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