This "Stupidity Manifesto" came from my talk "Let's Stop Making Each Other Feel Stupid". You can see a video of the talk here.

LET’S STOP MAKING PEOPLE FEEL STUPID. INSTEAD, LET’S…

  • Have an explicit policy of curiosity towards all things
  • Encourage each other to shout out if we discourage curiosity
  • Ask what people NEED to know, not what they know
  • Never judge someone because their knowledge doesn’t match ours
  • Give our colleagues every opportunity to learn and explore WITHOUT RISK
  • Give new people a chance to show us what they can do
  • ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ASK QUESTIONS
  • Acknowledge the broad range of knowledge in our industry
  • Remember our industry never stays the same
  • Remember we all forget stuff
  • Lead by example: Be honest when we’re confused
  • Focus on aptitude, not knowledge
  • Remember what it feels like when we are still learning
  • Prioritise clarity over jargon
  • Remember this is not idealism, it’s pragmatism
  • LET’S STOP MAKING EACH OTHER FEEL STUPID.

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