No. #88

Pessimism Bias
- Overestimating Risks

Conversely, pessimism bias is the tendency to overestimate the likelihood of negative outcomes. This can lead to excessive caution and missed opportunities in product development and market entry strategies.

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Product example

Overly cautious data privacy measures might limit a social app’s functionality, detracting from user experience.

Empathy tips


Balance Risk and Innovation

Strive for a balance between risk mitigation and innovation.


Objective Risk Assessment

Conduct objective risk assessments to avoid bias.


Stakeholder Engagement

Engage stakeholders in discussions about perceived risks and realistic outcomes.


Evidence-Based Decision Making

Make decisions based on evidence rather than fear of negative outcomes.

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