It is that time of year again when you will be hearing words like “March Madness”, “Bracketology”, and “The Big Dance”. It is all good as long as your team is in the mix. If your team did not make it to the dance or gets knocked out early, then life will get back to normal quickly. But for those whose team stays in, it will be a fun three weekends. As you may know I bleed Gold & Black. My Boilers should have a good run, but as they say “time will tell”. Whoever your team is: wear the colors, root them on, and enjoy the ride.

All this talk about March Madness makes me think about what it takes to win, whether that is on the basketball court or on your next building project. The answer is: Preparation, Team Chemistry, and Execution. We have talked about Preparation and Execution in the past so today let’s focus on Team Chemistry. Team chemistry is about everyone on the team working together for the common goal of making the endeavor a success. It is not about an individual team member winning or losing.

The team always includes:

  • The Owner. The Owner sets the goals and objectives for the project. He then approves adjustments to those goals and objectives based on real life conditions (codes, regulations, existing conditions, etc.)
  • The Professional. The Engineer/Architect provides solutions to meet the Owner’s goals and objectives. He then produces documents to communicate those solutions to the contractors.
  • The Contractors. The Contractors blend the skill sets of their workers with the materials from their vendors to form a working unit to build the project and meet the Owner’s goals and objectives.

When all the members of the team are working together well, you will be “cutting down the nets” at the end of the project and celebrating another successful run. We would love to be there with you.

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