Insanity

Sometimes you hear a quote that really get’s to you. One that has hit me, and that I use a lot is the definition of insanity (attributed wrongly by many people to Albert Einstein): “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. If you don’t like the result, then it might help if you change the things you do.

Stopping insanity

There is a solution available that can be used against insanity, by Bob Newhart:

(Ok, it’s a “good practice”, but not a “silver bullet”, so it doesn’t always work 😉 )

Continuous Improvement

According to my definition of a process, which is “the way we do things around here”, I have a name for “changing the way you do things”: Process Improvement. And if it has to do with developing software or managing development, I would call it Software Process Improvement (SPI).

I believe that improvements can be most effective if they are done in small steps. And that you keep improving, based upon results and feedback. So the term that I will use on this website, and that you will see appearing in many blog posts, is continuous Improvement.

What’s your favorite quote?

Maybe things like insanity and continuous improvement sound like common sense to you? They are for me! But then as Voltaire said: “common sense is not so common”. More quotes to follow … so what’s your favorite quote?

Note: There is no evidence to suggest that Albert Einstein made the quote about insanity.

(This blog was written on sep 1, 2010 and updated nov 21, 2012: Added video, more information about improvement and updated attribution of the quote)

Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Favoriete quote: “the problem with quotes on the internet is that it is hard to verify their authenticity – Abraham Lincoln”

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