2, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
3, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, , Netherlands
4, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
5, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
6, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Slowly strained solids deform via intermittent slips that exhibit a material-independent statistics and dynamics. We compare predictions of a simple model for the plastic deformation, the slip statistics and dynamics, and time series properties to experiments on slowly deformed bulk metallic glasses and granular materials. We highlight measures that can be used to differentiate between different systems and explain connections to other systems with avalanches. Predictions for future experiments will be discussed. The results are important for transferring results across scales and material structures.