Concept Selection is where the technical concept for the project is chosen. This is one of the most significant decision points for any project, which cannot later be reversed. Alternative concepts will have different strengths and weaknesses, and rarely will one concept be best in all respects. A careful trade off of pros and cons against project value drivers is required to select the concept that delivers the greatest overall value to the project. Furthermore, the selected concept must be robust against the uncertainties which will still be present.
This service is designed to guide selection of the optimum concept. It should be performed when the economic feasibility of the project has been proven, and the range of possible concepts has been reduced to a shortlist by eliminating obvious non-contenders.
The selection of the concept is carried out in two workshop, and each discipline must be represented. The workshops are run by an experienced facilitator. There will be a large number of options, and so a very structured workflow is used:
When three or four concepts remain:
A 2 day workshop to kick off the decision staff work, and (later) a 2 day workshop to assemble the results, with the client development team, plus preparation and follow-up as required.