New book in the SpringerBriefs series: Time Predictions by Torleif Halkjelsvik and Magne Jørgensen

The newest volume of the Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing is now available for download. This book illuminates our unrealistic assumptions about time and helps us avoid making overoptimistic time predictions in project planning and everyday life.

About the book

Predicting the time needed to complete a project, task or daily activity can be difficult and people frequently underestimate how long an activity will take. This book sheds light on why and when this happens, what we should do to avoid it. Time Predictions: Understanding and Avoiding Unrealism in Project Planning and Everyday Life is directed towards readers interested in achieving more realistic time predictions in their professional and personal lives. Though the guide in this book may be particularly relevant for professionals such as project managers, developers, engineers, designers, and consultants, it is also useful for improving planning in daily life.

Time Predictions is now available for download. As with all the Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing, this volume is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license and was published by SpringerOpen.

About the authors

Professor Magne Jørgensen is a Chief Research Scientist at the Centre for Digital Engineering (Simula@OsloMet) as well as a professor at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo. He holds a PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Oslo, and his experience in research and IT management reaches back to 1995. Jørgensen’s research interests include IT management, software engineering, human judgment, cost estimation, and risk management.

Torleif Halkjelsvik works as a research professor (seniorforsker) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and as an adjunct research scientist at Centre for Digital Engineering (Simula@OsloMet). Halkjelsvik has a background in social psychology (MSc from Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and judgment and decision-making (PhD from University of Oslo). He is interested in the determinants of people's behaviors and decisions in contexts ranging from project management to addictive behaviors.


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