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The Bed of Procrustes

The Bed of Procrustes is the quintessential ‘one size fits all’ Anti Pattern. How do you avoid being fitted to a metaphorical Procrustean Bed?

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Dangers of Reification Fallacy

Care must be taken when equating models with the systems they represent as Reification Fallacy occurs when something abstract is treated as if it were real.

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Unrepresentative Testing – The Papier Mâché Rhino

Unrepresentative Testing – Obvious flaws in simulation testing with a Papier Mâché Rhino at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo.

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Causation and Correlation Fallacy

Causation and Correlation – the cum hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy.

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The Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife Applications – an example of the Swiss Army Knife Anti Pattern

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Focalism and Estimation Bias

Anchoring or the Focalism Effect can lead to skewed estimates. What causes anchoring and what estimating techniques can protect you from its effects?

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The Utility of Anti Patterns

Anti Patterns are the antithesis of Design Patterns and codify what should not be done, rather than what should be done. Are you harnessing their power?

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Patterns and Anti Patterns – What we can learn from the design of cycles

Patterns and Anti Patterns. What we can learn from the ‘design history of cycles’ from the bone shaker to the safety bike.

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The Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer, Law of the Instrument or Maslow’s Hammer – applying a familiar technology or concept to problems irrespective of its suitability.

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The Cookie Licker Anti Pattern

The Cookie Licker Anti Pattern. Cookie Lickers grab tasks they might want to do, but don’t have time to do, the ability or experience to do.