Experimentation is a key innovation activity, and it is fundamentally different from planning-driven work. Project management needs to understand these differences and adapt the managerial support to fit the requirements of experimentation-driven projects. In order to successfully navigate experimentation-driven projects, managers must understand the requirements and roles of the different actors involved in the process: the individuals, the team as a whole, and their role as managers. From the perspective of an individual, experimentation requires a certain set of psychological characteristics, relevant technical know-how in experimentation, and certain cognitive abilities. A team's ability to act as an information processor, and to learn and create information from the experiments is highlighted in experimentation-driven projects. A project manager needs to prepare the team for the iterative nature of experimenting and hold back the team's urge to "close the idea."

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Rekonen , Satu

Unlocking the potential of interdisciplinary teams

2017
Experimentation is a key innovation activity, and it is fundamentally different from planning-driven work. Project management needs to understand these differences and adapt the managerial support to fit the requirements of experimentation-driven projects. In order to successfully navigate experimentation-driven projects, managers must understand the requirements and roles of the different actors involved in the process: the individuals, the team as a whole, and their role as managers. From the perspective of an individual, experimentation requires a certain set of psychological characteristics, relevant technical know-how in experimentation, and certain cognitive abilities. A team's ability to act as an information processor, and to learn and create information from the experiments is highlighted in experimentation-driven projects. A project manager needs to prepare the team for the iterative nature of experimenting and hold back the team's urge to "close the idea."
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Unlocking the potential of interdisciplinary teams
Rekonen , Satu
In Passion-based co-creation
Espoo (Finland): Aalto University , 2017
p. 90 - 101

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