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How to Start a Collaborative Partnering Program

On-Time On Budget

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BECOME MORE COLLABORATIVE. WE LOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR DUE TO LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY, MISCOMMUNICATION, EXCESS ADMINISTRATION AND CLAIMS. ALL OF THESE DOLLARS COULD BE USED TO BUILD THINGS. WORSE YET, IS THAT THE NATURE OF CONSTRUCTION IS HIGHLY INTERDEPENDENT. BECAUSE OF OUR INTERDEPENDENCE, NO ONE WORKING ON A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT CAN JUST WALK AWAY FROM ISSUES AND SUCCEED. WE MUST HAVE THE COOPERATION OF THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS, WHO HOLD OUR SUCCESS IN THEIR HANDS, AS MUCH AS WE HOLD IT IN OUR OWN. THIS IS WHY IPI HAS CREATED THE COLLABORATIVE PARTNERING PROGRAM—A STRUCTURED APPROACH TO DEVELOPING HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TEAMS FOCUSED ON THE SUCCESS OF THEIR PROJECTS. To assist owners in starting their Collaborative Partnering Program, IPI has just published a new Owners’ Guide entitled On-Time On-Budget: How to Start a Collaborative Partnering Program. This easy to read guide walks owners through ten steps to starting their Collaborative Partnering Program (CPP).

Step 1: Decide to start a collaborative partnering program

The first step is to decide to start a CP program and commit to making it happen. It is also important to understand what it is you want to achieve—lower prices, no claims, improved productivity, keeping your good people, etc. What do you want to achieve with your CPP? Knowing this will help you “sell” everyone on following you to achieve tangible results.

Step 2: Agree to utilize the IPI matrices and specifications

Following the CPP structure (embedded in the matrices and specifications) is essential to supporting the development of a culture of collaboration. Taking a long term view is essential. Culture change will not happen overnight. It will take time. When change happens on your projects, others will take note and wonder how they are able to accomplish such significant results. This will lead to others learning and following the CPP structure, looking for similar results.

Step 3: Conduct orientation training

Your people must know what you are trying to accomplish, that you are serious, and broadly what they are to do. The IPI CPP Orientation Training is essential to help support a good launch to your program. This training is best held jointly including the owner, contractor, users, designer and other key stakeholders. Together the counterparts learn about the CPP model, your objectives and what is expected. This will help you get some momentum going.