Deliberating the triple constraint trade-offs as polarities to manage - A refreshed perspective

C. J. Van Wyngaard, J. H.C. Pretorius, L. Pretorius

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Abstract

It has become the norm in many projects to view the traditional trade-offs as classic problems to 'solve'. This approach often suppresses the creative exploitation of paradox within the triple constraint. The principles and practices of Polarity ManagementTM introduce a refreshed perspective by supporting the 'either/or' problem solving approach with the 'both/and' rationale, which allows the triple constraint trade-offs to be held in respectful dialogue. Without the effective management of the triple constraint as an interrelated system, projects run the risk of becoming separated from purpose. This paper undertakes to explore the dynamics of the triple constraint by considering their 'mutualities' as polarities to manage in order to bring a refreshed perspective to the time vs. cost vs. scope dilemma. An integrated model is proposed that considers the exploitation trade-offs as polarities to manage in an effort to sustain an optimum compromise as a function of the anticipated project outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1265-1272
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479909865
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2014
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2013 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 Dec 201313 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
ISSN (Print)2157-3611
ISSN (Electronic)2157-362X

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2013
Country/TerritoryThailand
CityBangkok
Period10/12/1313/12/13

Keywords

  • Project management
  • cost
  • polarity management
  • scope
  • time
  • trade-offs
  • triple constraint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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