TED – Embrace the Irrational and the Childish

ReadWrite Web had a post entitled "10 Inspiring TED Talks for Startups" on July 13, 2010. This series of posts are my notes from those videos.

Adora Svitak
February 2010
(8 min, 13 secs)

An inspiring talk by a young lady and author from Redmond, WA when she was 11 years old.

  • When was the last time you were called childish?
  • Childish => Irrational thinking. Maybe that is what the world needs.
  • A knowledge of history often puts a hamper on irrational thinking, limiting imagination
  • Adults should start learning from kids. Students should teach teachers. Learning should be reciprocal. It doesn’t happen because of a lack of trust.
  • Adults underestimate the abilities of children.
  • Unfortunately, kids become adults just like the ones they are exposed to. We need to create opportunities for kids to become better adults than the adults of today.
  • Kids need opportunities to lead and succeed.

View at http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/adora_svitak.html.


Check Lists vs Scripted Testing

I have written before about lessons software development professionals can learn from Atul Gawande.

Cem Kaner read an article about how doctors can use checklists to radically improve patient care and reflected on his own background in both law and testing. The result is the presentation The Value of Checklists and the Danger of Scripts: What Legal Training Suggests for Testers. I found the second half of the presentation most fascinating with the many examples of how lawyers use checklists and how this can apply to testers.

Kaner’s point about learning – scripted testing does not make the person running the test a better tester. Checklists encourages the tester to think. I couldn’t agree more.


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