In the News

5 Reasons to Kill (or Rethink) a Pilot Project

“5 Reasons to Kill (or Rethink) a Pilot Project” on Rimini Street, July 24, 2018.

It’s understandable why those who approved the pilot, the project leaders and senior executives, have a hard time objectively evaluating its success (or failure). They are, after all, the same people who thought it was a superb idea in the first place. As Alan Zucker, founding principal of Project Management Essentials, a project management consulting firm based in Arlington, Va., told CIO last September: “There is the ostrich bias, where we tend to ignore negative information, or the confirmation bias where we look for information that supports our point of view.” Muddying the waters more, Zucker says, is overconfidence bias, “where we are too confident about our abilities.”