The craft of project shaping

Published on Jan 26, 2010in International Journal of Managing Projects in Business
· DOI :10.1108/17538371011014026
Charles Smith5
Estimated H-index: 5
Mark Winter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Manchester)
Purpose – This paper aims to look closely at the actuality of project formation to investigate the performance of project shaping – those acts performed by individuals to make that form of “sense” that constitutes a new project, and to propose a framework for mapping the skills of those individuals who are directly involved in shaping projects.Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses a sensemaking approach from illustrative narratives in order to propose a model of how a project outcome is shaped. The analysis is based on thinking that emerged from the Rethinking Project Management Network and other academic communities.Findings – Significant factors in project formation are: the timing of the conversion of work into controlled project form (the control model of projects), the role of factional interests and power structures (tribal power), the alignment of project scope with a need for transformation (transformation and value), the fast production of tangibles such as project mandates that embody the...
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