Project inception: A workshop approach for preparing the strategic brief

Jim Smith, Ray Wyatt

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Abstract

The project inception stage has become the focus of intense research activity in design, project management and facilities management for a number of years. The need to establish the project parameters and performance requirements is crucial to the success of any construction project large or small. Many organizations and facilities and project managers have been developing approaches and approaches to assist in this process. Pre-design processes and activities that work through the client’s business case, strategic and organisational issues, identifying and refining the needs and requirements before the design team is involved are becoming routine.These approaches aim to prepare a clear and workable statement of the project requirements in performance terms that the client and user groups have committed themselves to. This strategic (or performance) brief can then provide a sound basis for the documentation of the favoured strategy and provide a sound basis for the development of the design. One approach to these early stages of the project is the use of a workshop based technique termed, Strategic Needs" Analysis. Strategic Needs" Analysis assists in these critical strategic stages in the development of a project. Strategic Needs" Analysis workshops ask fundamental questions regarding the present way an organization carries out its activities. A range of solutions or options may be developed, some of which may involve a built or an organizational solution, or both. The analysis of six action research studies has resulted in the development of a series of decision making attributes that are relevant to the project inception stages. This paper identifies the best and worst performing attributes classified by the stakeholders in each study
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationAccelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology
PublisherCITC-IV
Pages313-325
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventFourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 11 Jul 200713 Jul 2013
Conference number: 4

Conference

ConferenceFourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast
Period11/07/0713/07/13

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    Smith, J., & Wyatt, R. (2007). Project inception: A workshop approach for preparing the strategic brief. In Fourth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century : Accelerating Innovation in Engineering, Management and Technology (pp. 313-325). CITC-IV .