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We finished off the practice rounds having the lowest shareholder value out of everyone there. This was reasonably disappointing but it was good to see what other teams of thinking of doing and what strategies people were trying out in the game. What was good with this week though was that we were making progress as a team with our decision making. By this I mean our group is progressing in our roles and we are slowly but surely working out what we want to do individually for the team while still working well as a team. 

There were a couple of threats we could face within the group. Some of these problems are outlined in John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney and Howard Raiffa’s piece on the hidden traps in decision making (1998). In this they firstly mention the status-quo trap. This is the idea that we want to all fit in with others so we do not want to mess with a current group idea sometimes, even if you think we should do something else. This can also be known as groupthink when people don’t want to speak up. I don’t know if this is the case and I feel like when I have had an Idea I would speak up but I can see this being a problem for other members of the group. So it is something we need to be careful of. 

Another thing from this reading is the sunk-cost problem. This is when people are not able to let go of a decision because they have invested a lot into it. We need to be careful of this because this could happen if we make a bike that is not working we need to make sure our group does not continue to invest in that because it could be detrimental to the business.

These are both problems that may not arise or be as significant currently but later on as we go about the simulation we must be aware of them and be careful to not fall into these traps.

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John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney and Howard Raiffa. (Sept. 1, 1998). The hidden traps in decision making.  Retrieved from:


  1. Please make sure you label your learning journal correctly. If you are not sure how to do that, here is a short video.

  2. Hey James, 

    Great identification of problems. You've related them to the Hammond et al. reading well and made it clear you're aware of the hidden traps. You have a big opportunity for more reflection here though. I would recommend you follow Daudelins 4 steps for reflection so you can think about why these things might be problematic, and what you can do about them. 

    Your reflection flows nicely and is easy to read, but following Daudelins steps would help you to show what you've learnt.

  3. Hi James,

    I enjoyed reading your learning Journal.  These was a good use of vocabulary, of which you explained well how certain problems are related to your own group.  I believe people not speaking up when they have an idea is likely to be a problem with most teams, at least over these first few weeks, so hopefully this will get better for you and your group as you progress through the coming weeks.  In terms of improvement for your next learning journal, I have found that following Daudelin's four stages of reflection model extremely helpful in terms of finding a solution to your individual and team problems.  I would recommend that you test this model for yourself in your next learning journal in order to be more clear on what how you can solve certain problems and how your team can improve moving forward.

    Hope this helps you,

    Cheers, Max.