Proper Planning, Preparation and Proactive Problem Preclusion (Prevention) Prevents Poor Project Performance.
How often do we find that when construction projects go wrong that the real cause was due to poor planning and preparation? Unfortunately far too often! This is often due to the client’s (owner’s) team as much as it’s due to the contractor. Then, when there are problems on the construction project they aren’t detected early, or they’re ignored, or the wrong actions are implemented to correct the problem.
So how can we improve construction project delivery?
Planning – client
Frequently the client and their team are to blame when construction projects go wrong because of their poor planning. Proper client side planning includes ensuring that:
Good planning by the contractor includes:
Preparation – client
The client’s proper preparations for the construction work includes:
The contractor’s proper preparations for construction work include:
Proactive Problem Prevention
Proactive problem prevention includes:
Your construction project can be a success. Plan, prepare and be vigilant to foresee, prevent and solve problems. As I always say – it’s better to be a fire prevention officer than a firefighter, because it’s easier to prevent a fire than it is to extinguish a raging inferno which has already caused damage.
Remember the 10 P’s to ensure your construction project is successful – Proper Planning, Preparation and Proactive Problem Preclusion (Prevention) Prevents Poor Project Performance.
What problems have you encountered on construction projects that could have been prevented by proper planning and preparation?
Do you have a proactive problem prevention strategy on your project?
This article is adapted from information in the author’s popular books: 'Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide' and 'Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide' and 'Construction Project Management: Tips and Insights'
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