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Mega-failures

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PROJECT M on mega-projects: Surprisingly, given the near bankruptcy Brazil and other problems, mega-project Rio 2016 was not as financially disastrous as it could have been.
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... and how many public infrastructure projects still keep dreaming?

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The Downsides of Avoiding Complexity

The Downsides of Avoiding Complexity | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
By embracing the complexity of today’s intricate systems that knit together the programmatic audience buying landscape, we arm ourselves with more tools.
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I like that one: "The course of history has shown that irrationality is one of our specialties, which means there’s no one better than a human to think like a human."

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Eli Levine's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:55 AM

You gotta take the whole that is present, and make intutive sense of it in order to make anything valuable out of "big data".

 

The human brain can only process so much information.  Most likely we will have to use computers to translate the big data into the relevant chunks that we need in order to understand a given situation and to then make choices based on those decisions relative to all sorts of policy and programatic situations, in business and in society.

 

You can't simplify things and just take things at face value anymore.  It didn't really work then, and it certainly should not be used now that we ought to know better.

 

It's amazing to me how human beings fail to register these things!

 

Think about it.

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Estimations farfelues ou inexistantes: mais qu’est-ce qu’ils ont tous ?

Estimations farfelues ou inexistantes: mais qu’est-ce qu’ils ont tous ? | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it
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Rappelez-vous: l’incertitude est la règle, et la certitude (ou le sentiment de certitude) le plus souvent un leurre…

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Estimating Complexity

Over the last few years, teaching people the Cynefin framework early on in engagements has really helped me have useful conversations with my clients about when different processes are appropriate. There's one phrase I use a lot, which is self-evident and gets around a lot of the arguments about how to do estimation and get…
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Over-optimism in government projects

Over-optimism in government projects | Complex systems and projects | Scoop.it

Optimism bias in public sector projects is not a new phenomenon. But it is one that persists, frequently undermining projects’ value for money as time and cost are under estimated and benefits over estimated. This report uses our back catalogue to illustrate the consequences of over optimism. In doing so, we have identified some contributory factors – such as project complexity and an organisation’s culture of challenge.

 

 


Via Christophe Bredillet
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Very important finding:

"Our back catalogue shows that, in planning projects, government does not always take time to understand the complexity and, as a result, over-estimates its ability to deal with the challenges. Too often, government commits to a ‘solution’ without fully understanding the context and exploring alternative options to determine which solution matches the real need."

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