Partnering Magazine Winter 2020

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NEXT LEVEL PARTNERING

How to Start a Collaborative Partnering Program

On-Time On Bu To assist owners in starting their Collaborative Partnering Program, IPI has just THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE

published a new Owners’ Guide entitled On-Time On-Budget: How to Start a

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS TO

Collaborative Partnering Program. This easy to read guide walks owners through ten

BECOME MORE COLLABORATIVE. WE

steps to starting their Collaborative Partnering Program (CPP).

LOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR DUE TO LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY,

Step 1: Decide to start a collaborative partnering program

MISCOMMUNICATION, EXCESS

The first step is to decide to start a CP program and commit to making it happen. It is

ADMINISTRATION AND CLAIMS. ALL

also important to understand what it is you want to achieve—lower prices, no claims,

OF THESE DOLLARS COULD BE USED

improved productivity, keeping your good people, etc. What do you want to achieve

TO BUILD THINGS. WORSE YET, IS

with your CPP? Knowing this will help you “sell” everyone on following you to achieve

THAT THE NATURE OF CONSTRUCTION

tangible results.

IS HIGHLY INTERDEPENDENT. BECAUSE OF OUR INTERDEPENDENCE, NO

Step 2: Agree to utilize the IPI matrices and specifications

ONE WORKING ON A CONSTRUCTION

Following the CPP structure (embedded in the matrices and specifications) is essential

PROJECT CAN JUST WALK AWAY

to supporting the development of a culture of collaboration. Taking a long term view

FROM ISSUES AND SUCCEED. WE

is essential. Culture change will not happen overnight. It will take time. When change

MUST HAVE THE COOPERATION OF

happens on your projects, others will take note and wonder how they are able to

THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS, WHO

accomplish such significant results. This will lead to others learning and following the

HOLD OUR SUCCESS IN THEIR HANDS,

CPP structure, looking for similar results.

AS MUCH AS WE HOLD IT IN OUR

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OWN. THIS IS WHY IPI HAS CREATED

Step 3: Conduct orientation training

THE COLLABORATIVE PARTNERING

Your people must know what you are trying to accomplish, that you are serious, and

PROGRAM—A STRUCTURED

broadly what they are to do. The IPI CPP Orientation Training is essential to help

APPROACH TO DEVELOPING HIGHLY

support a good launch to your program. This training is best held jointly including

COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION

the owner, contractor, users, designer and other key stakeholders. Together the

PROJECT TEAMS FOCUSED ON THE

counterparts learn about the CPP model, your objectives and what is expected. This

SUCCESS OF THEIR PROJECTS.

will help you get some momentum going.

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