Project Management

Promote Creativity for Better Team Problem-Solving

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

In any project, your project team will have to solve problems. There will be problems with meeting requirements, problems with meeting changed requirements, problems bringing about effective design and usability, problems in development, problems in testing, problems with communication and hand-offs, problems with meeting standards and a host of other situations.

In many cases, your team will need to use creativity to solve these problems. You, as the project manager, will need to promote and support creativity in order to get the best solutions.  

But how do you promote and support creativity? You chose not to take art history in school. You do not paint portraits, sculpt bronzes or write Bollywood movie scripts. You do not play guitar on the street for money. Fear not—it is not your job to teach creativity. It is your job to enable it to happen. 

Get out of the way
The first thing to remember is to let go. Your tactic should be to allow groups to solve problems without your control. Creativity is stifled by control, rules, standards, monitoring and intervention. You should get the problem-solving team started with simple guidance and the feeling that it has the freedom to come up with a creative solution.

So, remember these things:

  • Do not give people advice on how they go about designing the solution.
  • Do not attend their problem-solving …

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