Back to Square One

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  • User profile image

    Nicely done.  Really enjoyed this presentation.  Not sure why I liked this presentation so much, other than my own intuition tells me so.

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    Tom Carver

    I think I've come up with a take-home from this, feedback appreciated:

    There are two aspects to our thinking: rational and intuitive. Both are important; but both can be wrong. Sometimes we have to choose between them, and sometimes we judge wrongly. This is fundamentally why projects fail - individual humans making errors of judgement.

    If you want to see how deep the problem runs consider this: most people blame project failure on process, despite the fact that rationally, we can all identify one individual who made the call which sunk the project. Why? Because *intuitively* we do not believe one (or more) individuals should be able to sink a whole team's project; but clearly this is an error of judgement, because they do all the time!

    The decision to lay the blame for project failure at the door of process is in itself a failure to correctly value the rational evidence that people screw up, over the intuitive belief that projects should be immune to this.

  • User profile image

    Great talk!

    Is there any way to get the "reading list handout"?
    The video resolution is too bad for making out the name of the articles you are referencing to in the beginning :(


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