Monthly Archives: March 2010

Anthropology | Product Management  March 29, 2010 7:02 am

Don’t presume your team agrees

Paula’s post on groupthink got me thinking about agreement. Not only about the potentially dangerous effect of unexamined agreement within a group, e.g. the groupthink that Paula discussed, but also the equally dangerous effect of presumed agreement. A team composed … Continue reading

Product Management  March 11, 2010 1:42 pm

3 Ways to Avoid Groupthink

Groupthink is a concept within social psychology (okay so I’m stepping off my anthropology soapbox and borrowing one from my friends at soc-psych) that defines a style of group decision making where individuals are more motivated to agree rather than … Continue reading

Anthropology | Product Management  March 2, 2010 1:24 pm

A Lesson from an Old Anthropologist

One of the first things we gain in the study of anthropology is the realization that there is both tremendous diversity and similarity in the world. We learn that while all societies share some basic characteristics, their expression can vary … Continue reading