Experimental Mind: Misconceptions, Portfolio Thinking, Echo Chambers, Four-Day Workweek…

Hey everyone,

I hope you had a good weekend. In this newsletter, as always, a curated overview of interesting reads, events and jobs for the experimental mind (that’s you).

Everything is handpicked by me, so you don’t have to. Enjoy!

πŸ”Ž What I’ve been reading last week

1. Misconceptions about scientific rigor in A/B testing

Georgi Georgiev takes down four common myths around A/B testing:

  1. Business experiments need not be scientifically rigorous
  2. Statistical rigor means testing with a 95% confidence threshold
  3. Proper statistics means an A/B test has to be evaluated just once
  4. Statistically rigorous A/B tests are impractical

Having an answer on these questions/myths is important.

2. Seth Godin on 'portfolio thinking'
2. Seth Godin on 'portfolio thinking'seths.blog

Sounds like someone with an experimental mind:

When we’re not certain of the right answer, the best approach is to have a portfolio, a range of bets that reward us with resilience and significant upside.

3. Echo chambers, filter bubbles, and polarisation: a literature review

There is lot’s of talk about echo chambers, but how big is this problem actually? This piece examines what social science says about echo chambers, filter bubbles and online polarisation more widely.

In summary, the work reviewed here suggests echo chambers are much less widespread than is commonly assumed, finds no support for the filter bubble hypothesis and offers a very mixed picture on polarisation and the role of news and media use in contributing to polarisation.

4. The UK just launched a four-day working week pilot

I love these kind of experiments:

Workers at more than 30 UK businesses are taking part in the pilot, which will see the working week reduced to four days. They will be asked to do the same amount of work as before, and for up to 35 hours per week, but this will be split over four days not five. For the same amount of pay.

πŸ’‘ Learn directly from Ronny Kohavi

This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from Ronny Kohavi. The second cohort of ‘Accelerating innovation with A/B testing’ starts January 31st.

You have only a couple days to enroll

πŸš€ Job opportunities

New opportunities keep opening up. Experimentation is a fascinating field to work in. Checkout the 29 open roles.

These are the latest featured roles:

WIth so many companies investing in experimentation capabilities and building teams, it’s a challenge to find the right people. Posting your open roles to the job board is a great way to get your amazing job in front of the right people. It also helps to support the Experimental Mind newsletter.

πŸ“… Upcoming events

This is a running list of upcoming events:

I’ve started to create the full overview of events for 2022, let me know which ones I should include.

πŸ’¬ Quote of the week

“Without an experiment, our actions are based on hope instead of evidence.” β€” Cassie Kozyrkov

πŸ˜‰ Fun of the week

We all know the Build Measure Learn loop. Unfortunately is often mostly Build, a little bit of measure and even less learning … (via David Bland).

πŸ™ Thanks for reading

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Have a great week β€” and keep experimenting.