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tie their incentives to the predictions of the human forecasters even when they saw the algorithmic/data option outperform the human one. Think about that for a minute. People were more likely to believe that the person’s judgment was better than science than the reverse. Imagine if we designed buildings this way? It is as if we believe that empiricism is good enough for our project-related decisions, but not good enough for our people or business decisions. We trust science for decisions that impact the lives of the public that enter our buildings, but the decisions that we make that affect the lives of the people we lead do not rise to the level of warranting science. Now let’s consider this for project management – how do you go about actually applying research-backed approaches to project management? Our project management training team here at Zweig Group has done the heavy lifting of looking through the science and research and we have worked to distill it into easy and tangible skills that can be applied in everyday interactions and projects. We have developed a one-of-a- kind training that gives the background data, provides the skills, and allows hands-on practice with experts to give you feedback. When we began developing the project management training, we built the course around this science and applied it to the AEC field. There was no guessing on important skills; the topics covered were shown to increase effectiveness, decrease miscommunication and wasted time, and overall enhance the functioning of project managers. Because project management is at the heart of the AEC industry, it is critical to really reach for the science and understand howwe can maximize our potential to lead teams and projects efficiently. Currently, many firms rely on experience and on-the- job training that is only based in “in my experience” and not in the science. Although, this experience is still important, basing project management in the data that is out there can take project managers and firms to the next level. As an engineer who loves objectivity, black and white problems, and data, applying the principles of behavioral and management science to our teams, and using science- backed implementation models to implement these changes just seems like the obvious path forward; the research indicates our project managers will be better for it. When you are planning your next training opportunity, review the description and see how much of the training relies on only experience and ignores the science that is available. One without the other will not provide you with everything you need or want. Best practices change and data-driven tools can help you move to the next level. Our next Project Management I course starts in February. Contact me below for additional information or with any questions. Justin Smith is an advisor at Zweig Group, specializing in project management and leadership development. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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