The term ‘project archaeology’ for us describes a technique for reading structural traces of projective processes and thereby multiplying the directions of a project’s time (and content) vectors. It is clear that a documented process is a temporal entity that happened in the past. It thus seems to be a closed entity although in its becoming it was an open one. The dilemma now is that when the process is read as closed entity, the potentialities of the process itself get lost. Consequently, in order to open up the process again and to regain its immanent potentialities, we work with a diagrammatic approach of a serial fragmentation, de- and re-assembling, cataloguing and indexing of the process structures. Rather than looking for representational effects, we look in the document archive for traces that incorporate new beginnings and for structural entities that can be re-assembled.
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Project Management puts a lot of emphasis on the development and maintenance of professional modes of knowing-how. Generally speaking, there are two modes of knowing-how differentiated by the publicity of knowledge production and application. Name them, and elaborate your thinking!
We can differentiate between tacit and explicit modes of knowing-how. ‘Projects, viewed as singular ventures, combine diverse knowledges effectively; apparently, however, they also tend to forget quickly’ (Grabher 2004, 1492). The practices necessary for the explication of modes of knowing-how are reflection and representation. Doing a project archaeology offers methods, tools and theories to broker modes of knowing-how and thus enable creative efforts otherwise left under explored.