There are generally three different standards (burden of proof) in a court of law:
- Based on a Preponderance of the Evidence – When there is just enough evidence to believe it’s more likely true than not true (51%)
- Clear and Convincing – When there is stronger evidence required than “preponderance” but still allows some room for lack of clarity in the mind of the judge/jury
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt – When the evidence must be incontrovertible
Most of us expect to be able to make decisions “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” in our projects….but we are often faced with only a “Preponderance of the Evidence” level of information.
Get used to making good decisions on fewer facts. Facts are rarely available to you when they are most needed. Make a decision and move forward. Over time, you will learn how to become better at this!
Thanks for listening.
(Apologies to my son-in-law for the laymen’s interpretation of burden of proof)