Creative genius

Those project-oriented organizations that promote creative work environments are those that provide their project teams with the freedom they need to generate innovative project solutions. This article examines the significance of creativity in relation to practicing project management. In doing so, it identifies the leadership style and skills that have proven the most effective when managing creativity, a style more focused on delegating than controlling, skills more structured around facilitating than technical acumen; it lists nine activities used by leaders of creative project teams. It describes how one project manager who used a creative approach to manage the Pathfinder Microrover project for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Mars Exploration Program. It then discusses a method for managing creative professionals, one that provides the creative project team with the time and structure they need to develop innovative solutions, one that enables project managers to delegate tactical decisions to project team members and to capture lessons learned so that others can use the project team's innovative ideas on future projects. Accompanying this article is a sidebar that overviews the ways that creative efforts can result in project chaos.
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