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ProjectBlauw provides step-by-step clarity

Project: reaching targets on time and within budget.

Blauw (Blue): making rational analyses, setting clear goals and planning activities.

Project-based work

Working in a project-based manner means dealing with: limited resources, a team (do we understand each other), working towards a goal while, handling risks (uncertainties), the relation to other projects  and the connection with the existing organization. By creating a stable environment, goals can be reached in an efficient and controlled manner.

Systematical / blue-print thinking

The theory of Thinking in Colours was developed by Léon de Caluwé and Hans Vermaak and is extensively described in the book Learning to Change (2006). Blue-print thinking is based on the rational design and implementation of the desired changes. This is done by controlling, planning and managing these changes, using rational argumentation. Blue-print thinking strives for maximum predictability of the outcome. In order to achieve the desired results, adjustments can be made along the way. Think first, act later is the motto. Thinking and acting are sequentially related to each other.

Although the colour ‘blue’ ensures clarity for everyone in terms of outlining the challenge and the handling of issues, ‘blue’ alone is not enough to ensure a good project and a good end result. A risk of being ‘blue’ is that irrational aspects are not sufficiently taken into account. As a result, this sometimes creates more resistance rather than commitment. Other pitfalls are impatience, rushing and not allowing other people to take their time. In this case, people might start to feel insufficiently involved in the result. It is therefore important that all the other colours are represented within the project team and that the blue project manager is open to their input.

The ‘blue’ way of thinking is based on rational design and the implementation of changes:

  1. to clearly specify the desired result in advance

  2. specify requirements for the outcome

  3. plan, execute and adjust all steps in light of the desired result

It is important to realize that everyone has a preferred colour in which he can effectively intervene, but that the effectiveness in other colours is low. With this approach it is professional: to know what needs to be done, what colour of intervention is desired, but then also to decide if it’s wise to do the task yourself or let others do it. It is professional to (learn to) know your own limitations.

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