Disclaimer: Well, isn’t every industry creative? Yes. For the purposes of this discussion, however, I am talking about the traditional (and incorrect, I believe) label of “creative businesses.” In this context, it is referring to sectors such as design, architecture, fashion, art, media and communications, etc. While “creative businesses” worry about how rigid management procedures can damage … Continue reading Learning from the Creative Industries
In traditional project management, success if often measured by the trinity of cost, time and quality. The rule of thumb is that you can’t increase one without decreasing others. If you need to finish the project faster, it will cost you more, unless you also reduce its quality also. If you need to raise quality it … Continue reading How Do You Measure Success?
A series of articles in a recent Harvard Business Review discusses the balance between transparency and privacy in offices. This issue is of particular importance to offices in creative industries because the work process can be a lot more fragile and sometimes personal. Although not about architecture or architectural offices these articles seemed to hit … Continue reading Privacy and Creativity
Many businesses that offer design products and services have a close relationship with creativity. This could include businesses that engage in graphic design, industrial and furniture design, architecture, web design, interior design and many others. The proliferation of these types of businesses has caused design to be crystalised into a process that can be managed, … Continue reading How to fit Creativity in the Design Process
In businesses, the creative process is often under-managed due to fear of stifling free thinking and exploration. So, hypothetically, if we were to take the view of a design business being an assembly line and try to apply typical process improvement steps to it, would it work? Would it affect creativity? To help answer this … Continue reading Sources of Under-management in Design Businesses