April 09, 2011

Was our judgment biased?

Yesterday we had to assess the team that was presenting to us. However this made me think the RDM module and I am wondering if we were biased. Our judgment is affected by our knowledge regarding how we perceive the topic. This Knowledge has developed some mental models which will be the comparison model for what we see. In my eyes this

So yesterday when we assessed the other team were we open minded in order to see some improvement regarding our knowledge (which was expressed in our presentation) or we were stick to our knowledge?

Is it again about cooperation? Is cooperation affected by our mental models or if you wish our negative proud in terms that we believe that we are gods. I do not know. . . . .

On the other hand there is the case to be too open-minded so that we will not see the drawbacks of the team presenting to us, so that we will give really high assessment.

Where is the balance on that? Is there any way to avoid bias in that case? Even the most numerical based way to assess the other cannot avoid the bias caused by mental models. How we eliminate the mental models. Because lack of self confidence cause mental model as well . .....

It is so complex. . . . .


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  1. You make a really interesting point. How we perceive new ideas and approaches is coloured by our past experiences and the knowledge that we possess. It’s because of this that we can assume anything that is subjective, is by definition, biased. The best we can do is be aware of that bias, and ask the probing questions that give us as clear a picture of what is being presented, as possible.

    Out of interest, do you think that we should not be involved in the process of assessing each other? Obviously, as you say, from the scores point of view, there could be a conflict of interest. But then again, assuming cooperation is what we prefer (and hopefully we are all friends by now!), I imagine there is a lot to be learned from being reviewed by our peers in this way, when everyone has approached the task in a completely different way.

    09 Apr 2011, 12:04

  2. My dear Yanik thank you for your comment. . . .

    You know that generally i have a problem with the process of assessment. .. . I strongly believe that in a perfect world self awareness would prevail and noone would have to assess the other. .. However we do not live in that world and assessment is part of the current system. Thus the point is how yyou use the assessment process. . . . You say that “hopefully we are friends by now” can this introduce bias. . . .??? On the contrary if you are competitive against the team that presents on you can this introduce bias? (Personally i think that this happened in our case yesterday, but i really do not care).

    I would prefer an assessment without the scores. Because at the end of the day as you will see in your presentations everyone worked really hard and this was apparent. The differences can be artibuted in the natural existence of variation. We can not eliminate it we cannot avoid it. So how can we rank the others in respect of something natural? I really do not see the point. . . .

    However i learned a lot from the assessment in terms of areas for improvement and strengths. . . I really do not get it. Is something fundamentally wrong in our system?

    09 Apr 2011, 12:13

  3. That’s an interesting point. We always judge others by our own criterias. But it’s impossible to avoid bias. For example, our team definitely had the similar standard and understanding for the presentation but I’m sure we gave the other team totally different marks. So that’s why I can see in some important test, there are more than one judgers to assess one answer. This may helps to reduce bias.
    However, if putting our presentation in real life, it doesn’t matter whether there’s a bias or not. There’s no standard for our presentation at all. Actually, because of the different biases exist in customers that lead to the competition of the contract. The most important thing is to understand the biases of customers. The one who can satisfy customers will finally win the contract.

    10 Apr 2011, 22:41

  4. One thing I want to add, bias exists everywhere. All the groups analyzed the 7 aspects of AM according to our notes. Our group did that too without analyzing whether it’s correct or not bucause we all trusted Paul and believed his notes must be resonable. Imagine that if Paul didn’t give us his notes, what could be our answers?

    10 Apr 2011, 22:59


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