The Role of Implicit Assumptions in Project Failures

Start Time: 6:00pm AEST. This presentation will look at the role implicit assumptions play in the failure of projects, whether they’re in engineering, design or construction.
The Role of Implicit Assumptions in Project Failures

Implicit assumptions are the assumptions we don’t even know we are making; they are the ‘unknown unknowns’. These are the project assumptions we fail to subject to critical analysis, and the ones that catch us by surprise when they’re discovered in failure investigations.

This presentation will look at how we make implicit assumptions and how this impacts our ability to think and problem solve rationally. Our speakers will step through some examples and interactive riddles that show us how destructive, and costly, these implicit assumptions can be to our business.

Our speakers will provide key insights into just how vulnerable we all are to the dangers of implicit assumptions, and will look at the techniques available to make these insidious assumptions more explicit.

In-person location

Engineers Australia
Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
5.30pm: Arrival / registration
6.00pm - 7.00pm: Webinar / presentation


Dr Sean Brady (In-person)
Brady Heywood Pty Ltd, Managing Director 

Sean is a forensic engineer and the managing director of Brady Heywood. He works with business, government and the legal sector to understand and resolve complex issues that typically require a whole of system approach. Sean has acted as an expert witness in numerous proceedings involving a wide range of constructed facilities. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a director of the Society of Construction Law Australia and a member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s Panel of Experts. In 2020 he completed the Brady Review, an investigation into the causes of fatalities in the mining industry in Queensland. This review analysed 20 years of incident and fatality information, was data driven, and culminated in 11 recommendations for both industry and the regulator on how to lower the fatality and incident rate. He also speaks, podcasts, and writes on the subjects of failure, human behaviour, data analytics and engineering disasters.

Jeanette Barbaro (In-person)
MinterEllison, Partner, Projects Infrastructure and Construction

Jeanette is a partner at MinterEllison in the Project, Infrastructure and Construction group. In addition to managing construction disputes, Jeanette leads the National Building Regulation and Compliance team. This unique combination of expertise allows Jeanette to bring an understand of the technicalities of building compliance, the legal risks as well as the industry dynamics to the work she does for designers, contractors, developers, government, and regulators.

Jeanette has extensive experience providing risk management, risk avoidance, delay and defect claims advice across the construction industry with a particular focus on hospitals, power stations, transmission and distribution networks, roads, commercial complexes and residential buildings.

27 / 07 / 2021 - 06:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Registration Closes
27 / 07 / 2021 06:00 pm
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Webinar and In-person in Brisbane
Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street
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