Project Management Institute

Creative force

Organizations typically implement projects to realize change. To accomplish this objective, project team members must create solutions that address their project's particular requirements. This article discusses how project managers can establish project environments that can help their project teams to think creatively. In doing so, it describes techniques that can help project managers create stimulating workspaces as well as engaging workplace interactions, techniques which can support the processes of connecting disparate concepts and developing new ideas. It then explains how project managers can encourage team members to share their ideas. Accompanying this article are three tips for encouraging creativity and a sidebar suggesting how project managers can help their project teams understand when creative thinking is appropriate--and when it is not.
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