Prediction & Neuroscience – the Future of Planning

In all planning cases, predicting the future is the central theme. In project management our whole job is to predict execution (plan), and then execute on that prediction. We predict how many resources it will take, we predict risk, and we predict how long it will take to complete an activity. Then we put those predictions in a baseline and perform to that baseline. The problem is that only half of our projects meet schedule and cost objectives, based on the predicted work and how that work actually turned out as compared to how we predicted it would (PMI, 2016). However, there are processes from neuroscience and the behavioral sciences that we can implement today that will significantly improve prediction.

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