The curse and blessing of the optimism bias


Within every project lurks the optimism bias.

Don’t believe me?

….when was the last time that a status was ‘green’ based on the assumption that ‘things will work themselves out’ or as the default , unthinking value

….when was the last time there was a deadline that seemed optimistic .  And indeed was.

…..who removed the contingency??

But don’t be miserable, just be mindful.

And get that contingency in somehow.

optimism bias



EAST is East


thanks to those lovely people from the UK government’s behavioural insights team (BIT) we can all become designers of behavioural interventions, borrowing from psychology, behavioural economics , nudging etc etc.

For more about EAST and BIT let them tell you in their own words

for change projects the joy of nudging is that it can easily and cheaply inform and complement more familiar approaches

I would not call it the new ‘business as usual’ (yet) but I can’t find a reason why you shouldn’t use the techniques

Some old geezer on YouTube

Came up in discussion with a colleague today & I thought worth reblogging.

Deming himself is timeless, the production of the video, perhaps less so.

change by design

… who just happens to have inspired (but can’t be blamed for) much of the ‘Quality’ movement over the last 30 years.

As usual, the man himself is simple, his words and works have been endlessly interpreted, misinterpreted and elaborated on.

If you’re familiar with his 14 points , then hear them in his own words.

If you don’t know W.Edwards Deming at all , take a look at this 10min video – it should ring some bells

Deming’s 14 points

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