Reading List: 24th January 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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It’s been a couple of weeks since my last list, which leaves me with some catching-up to do! I’ve been sorting out my website hosting which has kept me busy as I move to a cloud server from shared hosting.

This week I’ve been reading about how Github move fast and fix things; an introduction to one-to-ones with employees; scaling the agile process; why tech companies continue to do the wrong things; an overview of the most common software architectures in place today; the El Chapo, Mexican druglord capture and why Sean Penn might have helped the authorities inadvertently; how company culture shapes employee motivation and finally some motivating words for the new year!

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Trust – Are People Generally Good or Bad?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Trust is an emotive word, but one that I find myself using more and more in discussions both inside and outside my team.  I think one of the reasons its so emotive is that trust is often viewed as black and white – either I trust someone or I don’t – there are very few discussions where we tell people we trust them 50%.

In a particular discussion I was starting to think why people may or may not trust others and started to consider how a persons experiences may lead them to deal with people in a certain way.  Which of the following two statements do you most identify with?

  • I believe that in general people can be trusted, they generally try to do the right thing and are not out to harm each other deliberately
  • I believe in general that people cannot be trusted to do the right thing. I would even go as far to say that people generally go out of their way to make things more difficult for others

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