Value and Risk Management Protocol for Dynamic Brief Development in Construction

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The current briefing theories confine brief development to a certain stage. This perspective hinders the interaction between the client and the designer and inhibits utilising value opportunities that may enhance the project performance. The Dynamic Brief Development (DBD) concept is presented as an approach to overcome the limitations of the current briefing approaches. This concept supports and encourages brief development throughout the project life cycle in order to achieve client satisfaction, respond to the brief development drivers, improve the briefing process, and manage change orders effectively. Since permitting brief development to take place throughout the project life cycle can add either value or risk or both to the project, Value Management and Risk Management were the most appropriate tools to manage dynamic brief development. Because of the benefits of their integration, as better values could not be achieved unless associated risks have been managed, the two methodologies were integrated to formulate the Value and Risk Management Protocol (VRMP). This paper aims to set the rules and establish the grounds that manage and control dynamic brief development and presents an innovative decision making tool, developed by the author, to enable clients and construction professionals reach an appropriate brief development decision.