Project Management Institute

Radical teams

Project teams usually utilize a straightforward approach, carefully defining the project, breaking out its stages and steps, monitoring its progress, and then evaluating the completed results against the original criteria. However, few projects proceed straightforwardly, and often, radical changes are required in order to produce adequate results. A study of 100 teams across a broad spectrum of organizations showed that they seldom able to think creatively to deal with major uncertainties. The radical-team approach should be used only when breakthrough results are required, when unknown situations occur whose solutions are not readily available, or when the problem has been addressed repeatedly, yet not solved. This article provides action steps for incorporating the radical-team approach: 1) approach projects as a process of learning, experimentation, and discovery; 2) periodically redefine and reframe projects as needed; and 3) maximize impact on the entire organization.
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