GOOD NEWS! We know what is wrong and we have the tools to fix it.
Do we need best practices?
Best practices need to be proven effective, but the industry is always evolving and therefore new innovations in process and technology can jump start new ways of doing things.
Why are best practices not implemented or not successful?
Awareness, culture and lack of effective mechanisms for implementing and sustaining new processes are the main reasons for unsuccessful implementations.
What is a best practice or value-improving practice?
A practice that is more efficient and effective than other practices. A Value-Improving practice is an out of the ordinary practice used to improve cost, schedule or reliability of a capital construction project.
What best practices are available?
Several organizations have worked diligently to provide rigorous development of best practice documents. Topics are wide-ranging from front-end planning to contract management to skills of employees to everyday safety best practices. This handbook will highlight best practices from Construction Industry Institute (CII), Construction Owners Association of Alberta, as well as several local Alberta sources.
When should best practices be implemented?
The best practices are summarized into key categories as to when they should be implemented aligned with the Gated Process.
Which best practices should I chose?
You can compare all the best practices alongside their research results on impact to cost or schedule in our best practices summary.
Your Best Practice “Yellow Pages”
Here is a handbook that has a summary of each best practice including where to find it, how much it costs, and impact the best practices has historically on projects.
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- Project Planning
- Risk Management
- Skills and Competencies
- Change Management
- And Value Improving Best Practices (Engineering and Design)
Partner Best Practice Websites
Project Planning Best Practices
|Front End Planning||CII||Measured – High||Measured|
|Constructability||CII||4-7% impact cost and schedule||Unknown|
|Modularization||CII||Identified but not quantified -High||Unknown|
|Industrial Modularization||CII||Identified but not quantified -High||Unknown|
|Workface Planning and Advanced Work Packaging||COAA||Estimated High ~14%||Estimated 0.5-2%|
|Project Rework Reduction Tool||COAA||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Stage Gate Review||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Scope Planning||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Work Breakdown Structure||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Project Scheduling||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Estimating||CDC||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
|Project Management Plan||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Implementation Planning||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Earned Value||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
|Status Reporting||CDC||Unmeasured, Medium Impact||Unknown|
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Risk Management Best Practices
|Project Risk Assessment||CII||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
|Probabilistic Risk Assessment||CII||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
|Risk Management||CDC||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
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Collaboration Best Practices
|Partnering||CII||10% Cost, 50% Quality, 20% Schedule||Unmeasured|
|Alignment||CII||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unmeasured|
|Team Communication||CII||Proven Better Communication has impact||Unknown|
|Team Building||CII||Measured, inside report||Measured, inside report|
|Dispute Resolution||CII||Avoiding costly claims||unknown, setting up boards|
|Contractor Prequal.||COAA||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
|Communication Management||CDC||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
|Issue Management||CDC||Unmeasured, High Impact||Unknown|
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Skills and Competencies Best Practices
|Foreman Skills Development Tool||COAA||Unmeasured||Unmeasured|
|Absenteeism Tracking Tool||COAA||Unmeasured||Unmeasured|
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Change Management Best Practices
|Project Change Management||CII||Unmeasured||Unmeasured|
|Benchmarking Best Practices||CII||Measures all BP’s||Measures all BP’s|
|Project Change Management||CDC||Unmeasured||Unmeasured|
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Value Improving Best Practices
|Optimizing Engineering Value||CII||Targeting 80% cost growths due to design deviations||Varies depending on strategy|
|Constructability Reviews||CII||4.3% project cost, 7.3% schedule||10% of savings|
|Design for Maintainability||CII||Wide-ranging benefits||Unmeasured|
|Value Improving Practices VIPs||IPA||Unmeasured, high impact||Unmeasured|
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