Antipatterns : Managing Software Organizations and People by Neill, Colin J.; Laplante, Philip A.; DeFranco, Joanna F.

By Neill, Colin J.; Laplante, Philip A.; DeFranco, Joanna F.

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Sue: OK, is your computer on now? Tom: Yes, it’s on now. Sue: OK, great, now I am going to ask you to do something. Tom: I just want you to fix it. Sue: Yes, but first I need you to… Tom (louder, and sarcastically): You’re the help desk person, I’m the accountant. I don’t ask you to help me cut your paycheck, so don’t ask me to help you fix my problem. Sue: Yes, but first I have to… Tom (raising his voice louder): JUST FIX THE PROBLEM… Sue: I can’t until… Tom (screaming now): JUST GET YOUR BUTT DOWN HERE AND GET MY (BLEEPING) COMPUTER RUNNING… (… and so on…) Exploders are difficult to deal with because they do not want to listen.

Ajzen’s (1985) Theory of Planned Behavior provides a framework for understanding the motives of individuals that presumes that human behavior is guided by three types of considerations: behavioral belief (what people believe the consequence of a behavior will be), normative belief (how that behavior will be perceived by their close social group), and control belief (the degree of control or ease they will have in performing that behavior). This is very similar to the dimensions of motive and choice proposed by Russell Ackoff and reported by Gharajedaghi (2006); in that our choices are guided by the weighted sum of the rational, emotional, and cultural—rational choices are those in the participant’s best self-interest, emotional choices are those that inspire, excite, or challenge the individual, and cultural choices are those that are bounded by sociocultural norms.

They tend to be self-deprecating as well as critical of others. Although they are excellent long-range planners, they are also very good with details. ” INTPs are logical decision makers and problem-solvers who seek to find the patterns in things. They are adverse to routines and can be somewhat aloof. They are adaptable and will experiment in order to escape from drudgery. ” Ironically, Christopher Alexander, the “father” of patterns, was an architect by profession. We have no idea whether he is an INTP, however.

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