Strong opinions, held weakly

In his weblog article Strong Opinions, Weakly Held, Bob Sutton writes about a psychological paradox that to move forward in knowledge and wisdom, we need

  • A strong opinion to assure that we are inspired to find the best arguments to support the opinion, but also
  • Not be attached to the opinion to avoid getting blind for evidence against it

At first this felt weird. At work, I like to either take a firm standpoint for my opinion or take no standpoint at all and listen to others. It often confuses people when I play Devil’s Advocate and stick to my opinion for the sake of the discussion just to challenge it. In other situations, I seem unable to make up my mind and form a opinion.

In the end, it’s all a matter of communication…

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About Frank Schophuizen (fschop)

Hi, my name is Frank Schophuizen and I am working as a consultant in CM, Agile and ALM for TOPIC Embedded Systems. I have over 30 years experience in software development in the technology industry, with the last 15 years mainly in process improvement, deployment and integration of methods and tools in the area of CM, Agile development and ALM. I am strongly interested in the complexities of collaboration and integrations in multi-project and multi-site organizations. I have worked with various technology companies such as Philips, ASML, NXP and Vanderlande, and with various tool vendors such as IBM Rational (e.g. ClearCase, Synergy, Jazz products) as well as open source tools (e.g. SVN, Git, Jenkins, Trac, Eclipse). I am living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with my wife. We have 3 adult children. My main hobbies are classical music and photography.
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