How does the Charette Work?
The charrette model works in the steps as described below:
Step 1: Define the problem - Unless the problem is identified or defined, it is not easy to find any solution. The charrette model is initiated by defining a problem. The team keenly focus on discussing the situation or the problem and its impact on the organization. This initial step helps the team to define the problem statement.
Step 2: Analyze the problem defined - Once the problem statement is created,the team analyses the intricacies of the problem defined. This session helps the team to identify the project elements that induced the problem. The cause and effect of the problem is discussed at this stage.
Step 3: Identify multiple approaches / alternatives - Analyzing the cause and effect of the problem helps the team to identify multiple solutions on how the situation can be corrected. The team comes up with multiple alternatives to correct the problem at this stage.
Step 4: Analyze and develop a final solution - Now the team focuses on analyzing the pros and cons of each alternative. This analysis helps to determine the right method as a final solution to solve the problem.
Step 5: Present the final solution to the management - As a final step,the team creates a presentation explaining all the above steps. This presentation also explains why the identified method is the right solution for the problem identified. After reviewing the presentation, a key member from the team present it to the management and obtain their approval.
There is a project manager who leads and conducts the whole session. The project manager must act like a transformational leader who positively influences the organization growth. He/She should understand the charrette techniques, group dynamics and know how to conduct a session without any bias. The charrette leaders encourage the participants to open up and share their ideas without any fear.