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The Six Phases of a Public Works Construction Project

By David Ross - February 7, 2012



 

Six Phases of Construction Project

The Six Phases of a (Doomed) Public Project1

  1. Bid Award – congratulations and celebration for everyone.
  2. Reality Sets In – it’s going to be tougher than we hoped.
  3. Take That! – malicious compliance with the contract documents.
  4. Death March – to the courthouse we go.
  5. Final Battle – send in the Attorneys to bayonet the wounded.
  6. Epilogue – the Accountants arrive to strip the bodies.

 

The Six Phases of a (Successful) Public Project

  1. Bid Award – time to get serious.
  2. Set up For Success – know and observe the project requirements.
  3. Kumbaya – hold hands and sing songs at the Project Meetings.
  4. Sprint to the Finish – power through to the end, punch list and all.
  5. Close Out – put a bow on the commissioning reports, manuals, etc.
  6. Just Rewards – get your money and a (positive) mention in the Agency newsletter.

 This take on the differences in construction project outcomes is based on my 25 years as a craftsman and general contractor followed by 10 years as a forensic construction consultant.


1 With apologies to Winford E. Holland (Red Zone Management: Changing the Rules for Pivotal Times) and the many other intrepid management consultants and authors who have authored their own variations of this list.

 

 

 

 

David Ross Associates LLC
900 Industrial Rd. Suite E
San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: (650) 593-2001