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Pre-mortems recommended to avoid major project disasters

DECISION MAKING

Andrew Forster
21 July 2017
Groupthink needs to be challenged, says BIT
Groupthink needs to be challenged, says BIT

 

The DfT should conduct ‘pre-mortem’ inquiries into major projects in which officials imagine what could go wrong with scheme delivery, a report commissioned by the Department has recommended.   

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company joinly owned by Government,  was appointed by the DfT last year to look into cognitive biases in decision-making (LTT13 May 16). The team conducted interviews with 13 officials and reviewed documents from the...

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