Transitions in construction

Transitions in construction

Whatever you thought, think again.


Efficiency tabula rasa

IndustryPosted by Dan Engström Mon, October 31, 2011 13:02:45

If I had my way, I'd make sure that the following 13 points for a more efficient construction sector were introduced and acted upon. For real. We are way to used to strategies that are not supported by real incentives, relevant to business. The systematic method of working will not happen without you changing your daily priorities. And I do mean you. It's up to people like me to show you the merits of it though,

OK, were was I? Oh yes, my thirteen points for a more efficient building sector.

1. Projects are based on systems building (Product, Process and Business model)
2. Partnering (goals, organization, financial incentives in common
3. Design and build where contractor retains ownership of product
4. Incentives in procurement to encourage creativity and products
5. Databases and models before blueprints
6. Simulations of alternative events and solutions
7. Unbroken digital information flow
8. A coherent value-chain substituted for relay
9. Best value and function before lowest price and detailed specifications
10. Pay professionals for value, not for hours
11. ROI based on the life-cycle perspective
12. Procurement rewarding product development
13. Systematic constant improvements

It's like revolution by evolution. Viva La Evolución! Point 13, for example, requires us to pinpoint our processes so that we can improve them. It's hard to set a personal best in the high-jump without the bar to aim for. The main concept is systems building, which is a concept we need to look more closely at in a later post. You'll notivce that I'm calling for increased efficiency (doing the right things), not only productivity (doing things right). It's not just costs and speed, it's getting to know the client too. Let's call that efficacy for now, until I find out what it is called properly. Input welcome.

The main point of this line of reasoning is that if we are to stand a reasonable chanse of success, noone can develop their products and process on their own. If all procurements are to detailed specs, products are likely out the window. Everyone needs to show clients the merits of collaboration in early phases. In order to do that, you need to be brave. You need to work at the client's home ground. That's an away game, mate. Make sure your away kit is washed.

Image: Dan Engström, t-shirt from Café Press.