Design changes on construction projects are emotional!

Imagine Engineering director Nick Francis has been working with the Institution of Structural Engineers to develop and deliver design change management training for Laing O’Rourke. The training starts with the unlikely question “how do design changes make you feel?”.

During the training we draw on David Rock’s brilliant SCARF model to understand how emotional triggers can inhibit innovation, collaboration and sound decision making. This appreciation of human behaviours can directly improve the management of design changes during construction projects.

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Learning through play

Play isn’t just for children. As adults we avoid risk and embarrassment, which creates a huge barrier to learning – we break down these barriers by creating a safe and playful environment. Many of the training courses developed by Imagine Engineering use seemingly simple Lego exercises. This approach allows us to gently expose and explore behaviors, and then use non-judgmental methods to identify key lessons for our “real work”.