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Web Developers Meetup - Topic: The Art of Decision Making

We all make decisions both at work and in our personal lives. In fact we may take the process for granted and we may be shocked that most of us are poor decision makers.

Based on recent research, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments when it comes to decision making.

Research in psychology and other disciplines has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn't. We get distracted by short-term emotions.

As an individual or a large or small organization, we all can benefit from making better decisions.

In this presentation, Keith Engelhardt will summarize the findings outlined in two recent books that offer fascinating insights into why we make poor decisions and how to make better ones.

Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy

It turns out delaying our reactions to everyday choices––large and small––can improve the quality of our choices and our lives.

Frank Partnoy weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision-making that runs counter to our brutally fast-paced world.

Even as technology exerts new pressures to speed up our lives, it turns out that the choices we make––unconsciously and consciously, in time frames varying from milliseconds to years––benefit profoundly from delay.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip and Dan Heath

We all make several dozen (sometimes several hundred) decisions each week, most of which are based on past experience, custom, habit, etc. And it turns our processes we use to make these decision are biased and flawed and yield substandard results.

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on exhaustive studies of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract our decision making biases. Decisive takes readers on a journey illustrating how individuals and organizations have made decision blunders, and they offer fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices.

Join Keith for a summary of these findings and tips on how to make better decisions.

Keith Engelhardt is a Sr. User Interface Developer (Web Developer/Web Designer UI/UX Specialist) at Vana Solutions in Beavercreek, OH.

He has over a decade of Web Developer/Web Design experience, including heading the web development team for one of the top ten design firms in the country. He focuses his passion for problem solving and tenacious creativity on enhancing the User Interfaces (UX) and User Experience (UX) of Web Applications and Websites. As, co-chairmen of the Dayton Wed Developers group, he regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the group.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I must've gotten the address mixed up. I showed up, but the doors were locked. :(
    Admittedly - I was running late - about 6:15, but there were only two cars in the lot, so I must've not been in the right place.

    August 7, 2013

    • Nathan

      Julie, sorry you missed us. I'm guessing you went to the other Crown building on Paragon at 7750. We are meeting at 7725 Paragon just on the other side of the street. I need to probably add a special note for each meeting about the 2 buildings to prevent this mixup. Hopefully we'll see you in the future.

      August 8, 2013

  • Manuel T.

    Presentation by Keith was great battled through my senior nap time. Great people with great potential networking group. It was an honor to be there. it was my first.

    August 8, 2013

  • Michael G.

    I made a wise decision to attend Keith's presentation on The Art of Decision Marking. Intriguing topic!

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very thought provoking. Worthy of a good try!

    August 8, 2013

  • Greg S.

    Unexpected topic, but very informative

    August 7, 2013

  • Martin Davis I.

    Any WordPress Themers / Developers going to be there tonight? I have a quick 5 minute question regarding portfolio galleries!

    August 7, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Wanted to come but a family obligation has arisen.

    August 6, 2013

  • Mark B.

    I think I can make it, no wait. I definitely will be there. If I can.

    July 15, 2013

  • Nathan

    90 minutes

    July 6, 2013

  • tim b.

    how long are the meeting usually last

    July 6, 2013

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