Negative Knowledge in Supply Chain - Lecture 2.3

Antipatterns are the stereotypes of solutions that look good but don’t work in practice. The systematic study of antipatterns was pioneered in the late 1990s by the field of software engineering. When applicable, antipatterns are superior to raw negative results, as they are easier to memorize and reason about. The antipattern perspective is of prime relevance to supply chain, and should be considered as one of the pillars for its negative knowledge.


  • ‘‘AntiPatterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, and Projects in Crisis’’. y William J. Brown, Raphael C. Malveau, Hays W. “Skip” McCormick, Thomas J. Mowbray, 1998


00:00 Introduction

02:28 Smart Fridge

05:28 Survivorship bias

07:28 The story so far

08:46 On Taboos (recap)

12:06 Rejection heuristics (recap)

13:34 Low quality positive knowledge

15:27 Software Antipatterns, 1/2

20:11 Software Antipatterns, 2/2

25:34 Supply Chain Antipatterns

27:00 Naked Forecasts

32:36 The 100% service level

37:06 The Jedi initiation

44:31 The Non-Euclidian Horror

51:45 Devil’s advocate

57:35 Recap, negative knowledge for supply chains

01:01:04 Conclusion

01:0245 2.3 Negative Knowledge - Questions?