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Building Options at Project Front-End Strategizing

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Capital projects are the source of myriad challenges for organizations, governments, and agencies. Due to size, scope, and function, these projects require a massive outlay of resources in both time and money for design, development, and delivery.

The challenge to design the end product for adaptability to future change can create tension and discord among capital project teams as they navigate the design phase. With divergent backgrounds, as well as differing levels of knowledge, power, and capabilities, a multi-stakeholder project team may struggle to agree on a design strategy that allows for adaptability to future change.

In the book, Building Options at Project Front-End Strategizing: The Power of Capital Design for Evolvability, Guilherme Biesek and Nuno Gil demonstrate how a formal framework for design flexibility on the front end encourages greater communication among project team members, helps avoid risks and reduce costs, and improves efficiency. While the uncertainties of the future will always be present, capital project teams can manage potential change more effectively by adopting these principals and designing for evolvability.

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