A “parlour trick” is another name for a simple magic trick, something folks used to entertain their family and friends on those long winter evenings back in the day.
“Because a parlour trick is simple and easy to learn, a parlour trick often spreads quickly through a community, with people picking it up at gatherings and introducing it to new groups.”
Here’s some parlour tricks that have been doing the rounds over the past few years:
- Scrum / Scrumban / Etc.
- Options – real or otherwise
- Management 3.0
- Rightshifting & the Marshall Model
- Kanban & the Kanban Method
- Scaled Agile (SAFe, LeSS, EssUP, SEMAT, etc.)
- Organisational Psychotherapy
- Person Kanban
- XP and the 12 practices
- Argyris (Action Science etc.)
- Clean Language
- Solutions Focus
Note: I provide this list by way of illustration, rather than as an exhaustive catalog.
What’s wrong with entertainment? Not a thing. Excepting when it’s passed off as something else. When the gullible don’t realise it’s a cheap trick and believe it e.g. reveals some essential truth about the nature of reality. Or get gulled into believing it could be of practical use to them. A bit like the difference between a Clown Car and a real car.
Why Do People Conform To The Herd? ~ Adi Gaskell