Free thinking

This article features a roundtable discussion among notable project managers on the value of innovation and project management. The roundtable consisted of Hironori Hayashi of The Japan Research Institute Ltd., Alain Paul Martin of The Professional Development Institute, Rita N. Scott from Nova Southeastern University, Rick Conklin from the state of Vermont, and Jim Highsmith of Culter Consortium. Several participants agreed that innovation takes time, planning, and consistent follow-through. Rita Scott thought that innovation should be attempted on every project so that they become unique. Hironori Hayashi pointed out that companies need to be willing to take the risks that innovation entails. Jim Highsmith emphasized the importance of reliable people, processes, and practices over the value of manufacturing repeatability.
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