Names - Paretoed

As I wandered towards the train station today I noticed a sign in front of one of those pop-up shops you sometimes see in shopping malls. It asked, "Is your surname here?" .  Without thinking, I looked for CHING but my surname wasn't there amongst the 200 or so names.  I then looked outside the list and saw they were selling preprinted posters detailing the history of the customer's surname.  I checked and the surname Pareto wasn't on the list, though it was written all over the sign, and no doubt summed up their business model.

I am sure, given you're reading this blog, that you know of Pareto and his law, also known as the 80/20 rule, but I like this particular example. There are a huge amount of surnames - including mine - not on their list, but they've surely covered over 90% of the population. 

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clarke ching

Clarke Ching is an expert in the application of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints to Agile software development. He is author of Rocks into Gold and Rolling Rocks Downhill (BETA). He gained Scrum certification from Ken Schwaber in Scotland in 2004 and now works as the Lean and Agile internal expert at The Royal London Group. Clarke focuses on Cash-Flow-Driven-Development and the use of positive psychology to help project teams flourish.