Wednesday, July 30, 2008

One more time about a "Triumph of the (group) will"

What is undoubtedly good about ThoughtWorks - is that thoughts are definitely at work there.

Patrick Kua just had a post about a group thinking vs. thinking of groups. He has a lovely picture:

That was an easy one - Cathy Sierra had a great post back in 2007 about "Dumbness of crowds":

So superiority of the collective thinking is not the law of nature. The dullness of averaging is just one side of the problem, though. It is not just a committee is incapable of producing the next Google - the unified thinking can make a team miss the point.

I would argue for the "Collective Intelligence" vs. "Wisdom of Crowds" - the way of harvesting individual contributions in order to produce something what customer actually wanted:


P.S. And I just couldn't help it: In a team you reach the goal. In Soviet Russia goal reaches you :)

P.P.S. And of course Patrick's intention wasn't to advocate the clone thinking and he points this out in the comment. It's just the original post was allowing too much room for misinterpretation. You can have an opinion, but in Soviet Russia opinion has you!


Chris Barrow said...

You need to start your own communist party my friend...

Michael Goldobin said...

Here you find party. In Soviet Russia Party finds you.

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