The Paradigm Trap

A “paradigm trap” is a situation in which people, teams or organisations can’t think outside a particular paradigm that they have been using.  This “trap” therefore actively prevents them finding alternative solutions to their problems.  It could also be called the “Paradigm Black Hole” in reference to how light is “trapped” by the gravitational force of the star at its centre.

In the world of Project Management, the “paradigm” is the particular methodology that is used to orchestrate planning and execution,  e.g. plan-based methodologies based on PMBOK, or a derived internal equivalent.  Or the paradigm could be an

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