University of Wisconsin–Madison

Lean Charrettes

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Public Spaces
Charrettes are collaborative meetings where all project stakeholders come together for a period of focused planning activity in order to resolve conflicts and map solutions. Charrettes are highly effective tools for planning and public engagement, but may be too expensive to fit into a project’s budget especially when the goal of a project is to make “small possible”. Lean Charrette reduce necessary time and resources by breaking the process into manageable increments with less top-down intervention, creating more opportunities for action and input. Lean charrettes maintain the inclusionary approach to creating shared narratives and transparent decision making of the standard process, while introducing benefits of efficiency and continuity associated with the compressed time frame.

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