Results from a Survey About Education

Early results based on a recent Alternative Creds Baseline Attitudinal survey. Sampled 2/26. Outline: Survey Objective and Content Findings Some Related Theory Related External Articles I. Survey Objective and Content 1.1 Objective Contribute to research on alternative credentials mainly by understanding factors affecting employer willingness to accept alternative credentials. 1.2 Content – Not in Order [Statement, not … Read more Results from a Survey About Education

Agile Estimation: To Repoint or Not to Repoint?

There is a minority practice in Agile Scrum sometimes called Repointing. This article describes the practice, compares it to the usual practice, and concludes by recommending that teams do not engage in Repointing. The usual Agile estimation procedure for an existing issue is as follows: Optionally create a tentative story estimate during release, multi-sprint, or … Read more Agile Estimation: To Repoint or Not to Repoint?

Alternative Paths to Traditional Education

I’ve written quite a bit on the economics of education. My focus has been on alternative credentials. This article distinguishes a concept called an alternative path and describes the importance of that concept. Outline: Definitions Big Picture Theoretical Context Applied Macroeconomic Context Applied Microeconomic Context Concrete Examples Bottleneck Diagnosis I. Defining Alternative Credentials, Paths, and Pedagogies … Read more Alternative Paths to Traditional Education

Repost: How William Lane Craig thrashed Sam Harris like a naughty puppy

Note: Below is a repost of this 2011 article on thinkingmatters.org. I’m reposting it because while navigating around their site I kept getting popups. Yes, that is for real my reason. Good on them though they seemed to have a number of good articles, even through Feb 2018. — Since I was fortunate enough to … Read more Repost: How William Lane Craig thrashed Sam Harris like a naughty puppy

Elon Musk, Secrecy, and Efficiency

It’s obvious in elementary economic theory that free information permits optimal competition, pricing, economic growth, and social health in many other forms. This theory, however, is often practically contested. This article gives a concrete example of secrecy impacting competition. Elon Musk has a company called SpaceX. This company can, among other things, launch satallites. The … Read more Elon Musk, Secrecy, and Efficiency