March 2010

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 Do your biases affect your decisions?
Location: Temecula City Library
Start Date: March 18th, 2010
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Price: $ 20.00 – 25.00

Title: Do your biases affect your decisions?


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Risk management is based on the perception and biases of the people who are performing the assessments and responses to the potential adverse events. This presentation is a discussion of the psychology of bias and the effects on risk management decisions.

The theories originated in 1974 with research conducted by Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman.  In October 2009 ASTM published a study that showed more than 80% of laboratory analyses were biased. The National Academy of Sciences published a report in February 2009 citing bias as an influence in forensic analyses. “Independent” medical examinations have been shown to be biased in favor of the party who is paying the doctor.

This presentation explores methods that can be implemented to recognize these biases. Once the biases are known, people can take steps to mitigate the influences of the biases. Methods that can be used to mitigate the effects of these biases on decisions are presented.


Mike is a member of the Quality Risk Management team at Abbott Vascular where he is instrumental in developing and implementing the cross-company risk management policies.

As manager of Corporate Quality Risk Management at Amgen, he was a member of the Quality Engineering Leadership Team. He developed and implemented the business continuity and disaster recovery plan for a 400 branch bank and a risk management plan and process for Los Angeles airport. Mike was technical editor and contributing author of the Risk Management Chapter of the ISO/ANSI standard for project management, PMBoK Guide.  His other area of study is forensic document examination.

He is Programs Chair for the ASQ Southern California FD&C discussion group. His other vocation is forensic document and handwriting examination. He has presented this topic to ASQ, National Association of Document Examiners and Forensic Expert Witness Association.