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How to make better project management choices

Canadian project risk management experts explain how better choices can be made in ground breaking 2012 paper

22 July 2015 – New in the Library – “Choice Engineering in Project Management” is a new paper by Dr. Lev Virine, Michael Trumper and Eugenia Virine of Intaver Institute in Calgary, Canada. Their ground breaking paper, originally published in March 2012 in PM World Today, has been republished in the July 2015 edition of the PM World Journal and added to the PM World Library this month.

According to the authors’ introduction, “People often make poor choices because of illusions. At the same time, they don’t perform any analysis that would improve their decisions because of other illusions to which they are subject. Is there a solution to this problem? Establishing effective processes is always considered an effective way to improve project management. For example, if a project manager follows mandatory guidelines in time, scope, cost, risk management and other knowledge areas, this should improve the quality of the decisions made during the execution of the project and reduce chance of failure. But such processes are hard to implement, often expensive, and grudgingly followed if at all by some team members once they have been introduced. In many cases, especially for smaller projects, it would be more beneficial to create an environment within which people are encouraged on their own volition to make better choices, rather than mandate these choices. This is called choice engineering…”

140609-PMWL-Logo-125-01To read this paper, go to and click on the title. Access is free, but must be a logged-in library member to access after 10 August 2015.