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SkillsCast

Who do You Trust? Beware of Your Brain

25th May 2011 in London at Skills Matter

This SkillsCast was filmed at Who do You Trust? Beware of Your Brain

Our brains' hard-wired “trust evaluation” can get in the way of working well with others. In this talk, Linda Rising helps you gain a better understanding of the “trust evaluation” mechanism in your behaviour and what agile processes can do to help.

Cognitive scientists tell us that we are more productive and happier when our behaviour matches our brain’s hard-wiring; when, what we do and why we do it matches the way we have evolved to survive over tens of thousands of years.

One problematic behaviour humans have is that we are hard-wired to instantly decide who we trust. And we generally aren't aware of these decisions—it just happens.

Linda Rising explains that this hard-wired “trust evaluation” can get in the way of working well with others.

Pairing, the daily stand-up, and close communication with the customer and others outside the team go a long way to overcome our instant evaluation of others. As Linda helps you gain a better understanding of this mechanism in your behaviour and what agile processes can do to help, you are more likely to build better interpersonal relationships and create successful products.

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Who do You Trust? Beware of Your Brain

Linda Rising

With a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics, Linda Rising’s background includes university teaching and industry work in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems.