The Rest of the Story…Part 3

After my client and I came to a decision on Delivery & Contract Methods to be used for his capital project, I proceeded to tell him that every project is Planned, Designed, and Implemented, but not always in that order. I learned this lesson several years ago as I was building my home. The house was nearly complete when the contractor showed up with a backhoe. He dug a hole out front of the house and filled it with concrete. This was to be the footing for the masonry base to the yard light. When the landscaper saw the location of the foundation, he said “The yard light needs to be 4’ closer to the house so that it can be integrated into the landscape bed”. As you would expect, we excavated out the concrete foundation and moved it to the exact spot the newly established “Plan” called for.

Your probability of success is always low when you start construction before you know what/why you are building or when you spend effort designing things that end up not being a part of the project. So, on your next project:

  • Plan: Establish where you want to go and how to get there
  • Design: Determine what pieces of your project need to be designed and documented in order to communicate the plan to all the stakeholders.
  • Implement: Never start building before you know what you are building and how you are building it.

…and ALWAYS do it in that order. Remember a good Plan, well Designed & Detailed, is easy to Implement.

PDMi is ready to help you with your next capital project. From determining the Delivery & Contact Methods to Planning, Designing, and Implementing; we can be the “arms and legs” that will make your project a success. Give me a call; we want to go to work for you.

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