Inst for Neuro & Behavioral Project Mgmt
Inst for Neuro & Behavioral Project Mgmt
Institute for N&BPM -

The Institute for Neuro & Behavioral Project Management

NeuralPlan condensed course, eBook, and 1-year institute membership.

Writing a New History for Project Management

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Be valued as the Thinking Expert! 

Be inspired by learning cool stuff about your brain!

  • 1-year membership to the institute included, with access to our community, internal social newsfeed, and network

  • Access the NeuralPlan Condensed course (valued at $100 and worth 20 PDUs) with 43 sections and over 90 pages of content, which include (more info at
    • Overview of NeuralPlan concepts and behavioral science in planning
    • Introduction to Behavioral Project Management
    • The 9 thought filters of decision-making in planning and forecasting
    • A more in-depth look at a few of the applicable cognitive biases
    • Description of the 5 prediction modalities in planning error mitigation
    • Introduction to the project prediction processes, with a more in-depth look at the first few processes
  • Get access to our resources, videos, curated podcasts and books, etc.
  • Get $100 savings on the full NPPQ NeuralPlan master planner credential course, when you subscribe to the $99 annual membership plan.

See what the University of Maryland is saying about it...

This applies to you if you fall into one of 3 categories:

  1. You have a brain, and you use it to make decisions 
  2. You do things that have a beginning and an end (projects)
  3. You work for an organization

If one of these applies to you, keep reading...

We're not just about projects. We're also about becoming smarter in life and business

If you've heard of Behavioral Economics or the book Freakonomics, this is the same science, only applied to project and business management. And just like behavioral science upended economics and totally recreated its theoretical foundations, behavioral science is doing the same thing for project management. 

Nobel prize winners Richard Thaler and Daniel Kahneman helped forever change the way we do business, and we are carrying on that work into project management.

Behavioral Project Management will become the fundamental foundation of all project management methodologies in the near future. Get ahead of it by becoming a leader in this growing field.

A few of the 9 Thought Filters applied to this very moment...

'An object in motion stays in motion' and doesn't like to change course. The brain is the same; it's called psychological inertia. You could leave the site right now, but you may bypass information you didn't know about, never learning what you didn't know (we also just used loss aversion and regret aversion...but that's another subject). You clicked on the site from Facebook or LinkedIn, perhaps because you were curious, and now the inertia of your curiosity may be keeping you engaged, so let's continue...

Even if it's perceived time pressure, like you thinking right now that you need to do the laundry or get a snack, your brain will flip a switch called the striatum, shutting down the inhibition system and causing premature decisions. This causes you to rely on your automatic thinking system, also known as System 1. You'll miss information you may have needed due to perceived time pressure. This happens in life, business, and projects, causing us to miss much-needed data to make better decisions.

We've just filled your brain with some new information and you had to engage your brain. Your brain has something similar to the RAM (memory) in the device you're on right now. If too much is being information is being processed in your brain, you don't process it all or you process it inefficiently. All this information that's on your brain right now is called cognitive load. Some may leave this website right now because their cognitive load got too high (so congrats for making it this far). Because we don't want you to under-process the information we're giving you, we'll stop with heavy-duty stuff for now and move on to the lighter goodies of our site :-) 

All the Goodies!

Join our community of advanced PM practitioners, and YOU can become the expert on your team...

Members get:

  1. Learning human behavior and thinking errors in general business, even if you're not in project management.
  2. EBook with Solutions to behind-schedule projects, which comes from over-optimism in planning.
  3. Free access to the NeuralPlan Condensed Course (see for more details on NeuralPlan), worth 20 PDUs (self-report). This course covers the basics of Behavioral Project Management and behavioral science applied to planning, forecasting, and risk. 
  4. See how projects and business planning are influenced by behavioral design and other factors.
  5. $100 discount on the full NPPQ NeuralPlan Master Planner credential course when you subscribe to the $99 annual membership plan. More info on this course at

NeuralPlan Condensed eBook included:

Did you know...

You can design project management processes around human behavior? Here's a snapshot of planning processes designed with cognitive science.

More member benefits:

  1. Access to a member community with a social platform that has curated videos, podcasts, research, and other topics in the intersection between project management and behavioral/neuroscience.
  2. Member-only content, such as first to see new articles or works in progress.
  3. Stay up to date on events, with some events for members only.
  4. Sub-groups for people to share knowledge and experience on various topics.

Be the BRAINiac on your team!


Behavioral Project Management is the next revolution in PM, backed by several decades of research.

The profession of project management is entering a new level of maturity. Project management processes are well-known, highly developed, and widely used. Organizations are committed to a project-based approach to implementing change. It is time for project managers, PMOs, professional associations, project professionals of all specializations, and organizations worldwide to look forward to a new phase in project management, one that focuses on behavioral factors. And at the institute, we are already starting to redesign planning around the brain with the NeuralPlan NPPQ training and certification ( 


50% of projects go over budget and schedule. This starts in human thinking.

(The NeuralPlan Condensed Course is included for free with your membership. For the NPPQ certification, visit

We at the Institute of Neuro and Behavioral Project Management believe redesigning our processes around the brain is the way to take project management into the 21st Century and beyond, and create a practice that will result in better project outcomes, and more flexible approaches to change in all types of organizations.

What we believe:

- Human endeavors - projects - are what make the world go around. Every great human endeavor ever accomplished, or ever to be accomplished, is a project

- Human behavior is the reason why we create projects, but also the reason many projects fail

- The intersection of these two great phenomena are the purpose for the Institute's existence

- We believe in using the science of human behavior to make human endeavors successful

The Institute strives to be the center of the intersection of human endeavors and human behavior.

Works in progress and planned for the future include:

- International conference for Neuro & Behavioral Project Management
- The Journal of Neuro & Behavioral Project Management
- Training for practitioners and certification preparation
- Mapping of human behavior to recognized project management process methodologies such as PMBOK, Agile, Prince2, and others

A podcast to explain it all

Our Story

It all started with a curiosity about what human behavior had to do with the performance of projects. Josh Ramirez would ask these questions of Dr. Jodi Wilson, a behavioral scientist he had known for some years. This led him to his research and eventual completion of his PhD in Business Psychology, after already having spent a decade and a half in project management (see image below of Josh and Jodi at the PMI Global Conference in 2018). His research and dissertation is titled Toward a Theory of Behavioral Project Management. 

The Institute was founded in 2018, and a couple of years later NeuralPlan research and writing got underway in earnest. Several years prior to writing NeuralPlan, Josh had met Dr. Shari De Baets at the Judgment and Decision-Making conference, where she was presenting on her research in behavioral forecasting (below is an image of Josh and Shari at the JDM conference).

Josh had a long history of project management in mega-projects in the U.S. government and had been concerned with the lack of cognitive and behavioral science in the project management profession, and the impact it had on planning, forecasting, and risk. Shari's research aligned well with Josh's research, especially in the domain of prediction and planning and how human behavior influences accuracy. You can view a fun little video by Shari about predicting the future, below.

This team would be the eventual makeup of this now-growing institute, and the membership site you are visiting right now. If you would like to listen to their podcasts on the subject of Behavioral Project Management and this field, here are some links: