Being Lean and Seen

Developing a framework to guide project delivery 

Being Lean and SeenThe advancement of project management (PM) knowledge and the development of PM capability of people is crucial to the successful delivery of projects. As the overall project-related spending in the EU is assumed to be about € 3.27 trillion per annum there are huge societal and economic challenges of reducing the massive financial and psychological costs of poor project delivery. Especially as about 6% of all projects are believed to be wholly unsuccessful, many of them tax-payer funded.

Addressing these issues is what the Being Lean and Seen project is all about.

"RISE gives us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of how modern management methods such as Lean and Agile impact on performance."

Prof David Bryde -
Lead Project Coordinator

Specifically we are putting building blocks in place to enable PM to respond to the challenges it faces in delivering projects successfully in the 21st century. We are doing this by taking a multi-disciplinary perspective encompassing PM, lean management, psycho-social aspects, innovation and change management.

The building blocks have three broad pillars:

  1. Being Lean – this is focused on enhancing PM efficiency
  2. Being Seen – this is focused on putting in place the PM systems that meet the psycho-social needs of project staff and
  3. Being Lean and Seen – this is focused on making PM responsive to the needs of organisations to be innovative and manage change

The programme will cater for different contexts of project delivery in developed and developing countries, to reflect the global and interconnectedness nature of projects.

At the end of the Being Lean and Seen project we will have in place a holistic framework to address the challenges of delivering projects successfully in the 21st century.

A network of five academic partners, including one from a developing country and five non-academic, are working together to develop this framework to guide project delivery in the future. In collaboration they are investigating the role of different management practices in PM contexts and the distinctions in PM system design and delivery in different contexts. Find out more about the different research areas that make up the project.

European UnionThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 734430. The project is running from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2020. The core of the programme is to promote international and inter-sectoral collaborations through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa).