The Six Phases of a Public Works Construction Project
By David Ross - February 7, 2012
The Six Phases of a (Doomed) Public Project1
- Bid Award – congratulations and celebration for everyone.
- Reality Sets In – it’s going to be tougher than we hoped.
- Take That! – malicious compliance with the contract documents.
- Death March – to the courthouse we go.
- Final Battle – send in the Attorneys to bayonet the wounded.
- Epilogue – the Accountants arrive to strip the bodies.
The Six Phases of a (Successful) Public Project
- Bid Award – time to get serious.
- Set up For Success – know and observe the project requirements.
- Kumbaya – hold hands and sing songs at the Project Meetings.
- Sprint to the Finish – power through to the end, punch list and all.
- Close Out – put a bow on the commissioning reports, manuals, etc.
- 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.