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Heuristics of Diversity

Combating Bias on Agile Teams

In this talk, I will address diversity by decoding bias, analyzing our current pitfalls in trying to retain a diverse culture, and provide some simple heuristics to help navigate the space that is div

We as humans are incredibly crafty and resourceful. From the dawn of time, survival has depended on our ability to navigate the world through schemas and shortcuts in an effort to prolong our ability to exist. Over time we built up skills and habits in an effort to protect and preserve ourselves from the harsh elements. This evolutionary adaptation is nothing less than an amazing accomplishment, a true nod to Darwin who gave light to this survival tactic!

And it was! But now we are in year 2020. Conditions are a tad bit different than they were back then, and adaptation has changed our need for these skills and survival mechanisms. Now they are known and seen as biases. How do we build stronger communities in a time where borders are only meant to retain legalities, and our lives are increasingly benefitted by the mix and match of the diversity around us?

In this talk, I will address diversity by decoding bias, analyzing our current pitfalls in trying to retain a diverse culture, and provide some simple heuristics to help navigate the space that is diversity and inclusion on agile teams.

Examples of the Heuristics I will be discussing.

Heuristics of Diversity

No one heuristic is greater than the other

Start with your most well known problem first

Communication externally matches communication internally


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