“TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE IT IS NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE PARTS. TO UNDERSTAND THE PARTS, IT IS NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE. SUCH IS THE CIRCLE OF UNDERSTANDING.”
— KEN WILBER
The holistic approach
Holism (from Greek ὅλος holos: all, whole, entire) subscribes to the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and acknowledges the significant interrelations between human activity, society and environment.
Holistic Project Management encompasses the view that each project functions as a complete system, whose properties should be regarded as wholes, not as collections of separate parts. These parts are interconnected and intrinsically linked to the whole. Thus, the holistic approach looks for fundamental underlying issues and patterns rather than only addressing symptoms.
The holistic paradigm embraces change, fosters personal values, and individual growth, including collective reflection and learning. This attitude ensures a constructive and sustainable project development as well as contentment for all parties involved.