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November 22, 2018

Performance Benchmarking Blog Part 9: Involve the doers in planning

Did you know? There are work improvement exercises that challenge us to come up with better ways of executing construction activities and all of them centre on the involvement of those directly executing the work.TIME MANAGEMENT PRACTICE:
Those with the expertise in managing and performing the project work are involved in the development of project schedules.

We like to think that the plans and schedules that we come up with are the best way to do the work, when they are more often the standard way to do the work based on tried and tested methods.

The underlying assumption that they are always correct may lead to missing opportunities to execute work better (cheaper, quicker, safer, with better quality) or to identify things that are not typical and do not match with standard practice.

There are work improvement exercises that challenge us to come up with better ways of executing construction activities and all of them centre on the involvement of those directly executing the work.

  • For example, the Lean Construction Institute’s concept of The Last Planner looks at an approach to repetitively planning for the execution of work at a weekly or daily level of detail by involving people at the operational (site) level to recognize current constraints and come up with better solutions to challenge standard practice.

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