4–7 Nov 2019
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Cognitive biases in the architect's life

Birgitta Boeckeler (ThoughtWorks)
13:3013:50 Thursday, 7 November 2019
Location: Hall A7/A8
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At the time of writing this, Wikipedia’s “Cognitive bias codex” has more than 200 entries, and it feels to me like Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking Fast and Slow” is referenced in every other conference talk I’m watching. It’s official: Human beings are just not the rational thinkers we like to think we are.

In this talk, I will go through just a few of the cognitive biases that can trip us up as architects, and how to soften their potentially negative impact.

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Birgitta Boeckeler


Birgitta Boeckeler is a technical principal at ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy, where she spends her time on software delivery teams with coding, architecting, coaching, and consulting. She’s been building software across all layers for more than 15 years, mainly in the space of large custom-developed websites.

  • AXA
  • Contentful
  • Datadog
  • HERE Technologies
  • QAware
  • SIG
  • Zara Tech
  • GitLab
  • NearForm
  • WhiteSource
  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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