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Barton, R T (2000) Soft value management methodology for use in project initiation: a learning journey. Journal of Construction Research, 1(02), 109–22.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: action research; facilitation; soft value management; value engineering; value management
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1609-9451
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  • Abstract:
    A learning journey is described which began by investigating the application of traditional value engineering to construction projects in Australia. The journey takes the form of an action-research program in which many of value management studies of real projects were undertaken. Through two major iterations of the action-research cycle (as well as many sub-iterations) a number of key learnings were identified which led to substantial changes to the value management methodology. As the journey continued, a "soft" form of value management evolved focusing on strategic and conceptual planning and particularly upon capturing requirements in complex circumstances such as in project initiation. Major emphasis is placed upon effective facilitation.