This book is about managing complexity in the construction industry. More often than not, construction projects that are large and complex tend to get out of control and can only be completed with considerable overruns in time and money, compared to the initial planning and budget. Our perspective is that this state of affairs is not an inevitable reality of life at all, provided we acknowledge that the dynamics of the overall management of such complex projects are fundamentally different from those of pretty straightforward projects. The overall management of these projects has to cope with the same uncertainty and unpredictability inherent to industrial Research and Development (R&D) projects. Best management practices from the world of industrial R&D, therefore, become useful for managing aspects of complexity and uncertainty in complex construction projects as well. Large-scale construction projects are always complex and, therefore, of particular interest to our subject.

Complex projects invariably involve a great number of stakeholders. Open Design methodology, aimed at solving the multi-stakeholder design problem through synthesis of their interests, offers managerial concepts that could also be useful in regard to what we could call the multi-stakeholder design and construct problem.

We have adopted the term Open Design and Construct Management because openness is a feature of both effective R&D management and Open Design.

These management concepts are only needed when complexity and uncertainty prevail. Sub-projects which are pretty straightforward can be effectively managed using the well-accepted best management practices found in the literature on the subject. Open Design and Construct management is only needed for the overall project.

Cases, presented in this book, where Open Design and Construct management has intuitively been adopted by the project manager concerned show that it is indeed possible to achieve stakeholders' satisfaction without incurring substantial overruns in time and money.

We hope that the concepts offered here will be complementary to those of our earlier book Open Design, a Collaborative Approach to Architecture, which was focused on the design rather than on the implementation.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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