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Chapter 1: Uncertainty in and around pro... > A ‘performance lens’ and a ‘knowledg...

A ‘performance lens’ and a ‘knowledge lens’ for uncertainty

The focus of this book is the use of a conceptual ‘performance lens’ to consider uncertainty. It is always important to be clear when we make working assumptions, and this ‘lens’ concept is just a way of flagging an important assumption. The central concern of this book is managing performance uncertainty using ‘performance uncertainty management processes’ (PUMPs) because we want to shape strategy in the first six stages of the project lifecycle, then shape tactics, then update the shaping of both when execution begins. ‘Shaping’ in this sense involves making decisions about how best to proceed in terms of project and process objectives – addressing all aspects of uncertainty in performance terms. ‘Uncertainty about the achievement of objectives’ is what we see when we look through our ‘performance lens’, using all the concepts introduced in this chapter as working assumptions.


  

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