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Why good project managers make bad decisions

Fascinating paper by Canadian project risk experts republished in PM World Journal and Library

19 March 2015 – Dallas, TX, USA – “Why Good Project Managers Make Bad Decisions” is a paper by Lev Virine, Michael Trumper and Eugenia Virine of the Intaver Institute in Canada that has been republished in the March edition of the PM World Journal and now included in the PM World Library. The paper was originally published in the December 2011 edition of the PM World Today eJournal.

According to the authors’ introduction, “It is not uncommon to see good and experienced project managers make poor decisions that led to issues and eventually project failures. What is the explanation: misjudgment, lack of experience, or do some project managers just run out of luck? People make similar repeatable mental mistakes when they make choices, whether they are mothers trying to decide which is the fastest route to their children’s soccer match, or managers of large companies who are trying to decide which design they should use for their next product launch. These illusions are a primary source of human error in project management, errors that can eventually lead to project failures…”

To read this fascinating paper, go to the Lev Virine’s author showcase page in the library at and click on the title. Must be a logged in library member to access after 10 April 2015.