Cognitive biases in engineering

Are you curious why sometimes we make the worst decisions against our best intentions?

In our daily lives and careers, cognitive biases often lead to irrational decisions, impacting productivity and success, particularly in the field of engineering. 

Imagine a team of engineers on a high-stakes project. Early on,  the leader starts off with complaints about tight deadlines and insufficient resources. This negativity sets a tone, prompting the team to also express doubts. Predictably, this collective pessimism results in poor performance, confirming the initial fears… You wonder, how did we end up here?

Various cognitive biases, such as the self-fulfilling prophecy, influence our decision-making processes. Understanding these biases is crucial to mitigating their effects and fostering a more productive work environment.

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Our upcoming series of microtrainings, “Untangling the Mind: Understanding Cognitive Biases,” we will explore how to recognize and combat cognitive biases such as:

  • Accessibility Principle: Making decisions based on readily available information.
  • Correspondence Bias: Attributing behavior to personal traits rather than situational factors.
  • Primacy Effect: Early information impacting long-term perceptions.
  • Perseverance Bias: Sticking to initial impressions despite disconfirming evidence.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Expectations influencing our behaviours, that later confirm those expectations.

Through theoretical insights, real-world engineering examples, and practical advice, we will equip you with strategies to identify and counteract these biases.

Consider how often your initial impressions shape your long-term judgments. Reflect on a recent project – were there moments where cognitive biases might have influenced outcomes? By understanding and addressing these biases, you can lead your team to more rational, objective, and effective decision-making.

Join us for a series of insightful webinars where you’ll learn how to switch off your cognitive autopilot and take control of your decision-making processes. Enhance your skills to boost your engineering career by understanding and overcoming the biases that often lead us astray.

This webinar series is designed for engineers and engineering leaders, please make sure you respect this. Please provide the below details and I will get back to you with more information. Participation is limited, so please make sure you check all the boxes. 🙂

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Webinar: Untangling the Mind: Understanding Cognitive Biases

Date and Time: September 30th, October 7th and 21st — 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CET

Cost: 89EUR (for all 3 webinars)

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