Ludic Fallacy in IT

If you haven’t read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, you better grab the book now. He advanced the notion of ludic fallacy which is so prevalent in education through standardized tests, the gamification of learning through badges and other worthless efforts which overlook the real potential of a student.

How?

By neglecting context.

Here are some symptoms:

  • You mistake the map for the terrain
  • You confuse the plan from planning
  • You develop a scorecard system based on performance metrics (read:¬†IBM)
  • You offer artificial tests without context (read: Google, Microsoft, Facebook)
  • Disconnect between test and deployment environments (DevOps, anyone?)
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