Breaking the rules

how mindfulness, rather than rule-based project management, can benefit certain projects

Project management frameworks are often thought to be universal -- they can be applied in any type of project, and success can be expected as long as project managers comply with rules, processes and routines. This rule-based approach is certainly efficient -- but is it truly universal? For projects in a highly uncertain environment, mindfulness may be a better alternative. The traditional -- and often espoused -- way to manage uncertainty and complexity in projects is to strengthen an organization's rule-based capabilities. The belief is that repeatable packages of rules, processes and routines help to reduce human variation as a cause of failure. These frameworks aim to design potential adversity out of a project and draw on the expertise and experience of project managers who came before.
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