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How to Improve Quality in your Projects

How to Improve Quality in your Projects

The most successful project leaders are clear about what they want.  Not just as project objectives but right down to the end product and components.  The more they know about their requirements the more specific they are able to be about it.  As a result the supply chain understand the expectations and are able to…

Cyber Threats in Perspective

Cyber Threats in Perspective

“Glass, China and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended” – Benjamin Franklin Cyber-threats have become a significant additional risk to business as can be determined from the following statistics: 49% of Executives believe that risk management is becoming more important to achieving strategic goals.  (Deloitte 2018) 84% of boards say that they have discussed…

Benefits of Working to a Method – Part 5 – How Can We Continuously Improve What We Do?

Benefits of Working to a Method – Part 5 – How Can We Continuously Improve What We Do?

Most projects follow the same broad approach to delivery – they have a method: Define requirements Design solution Procurement Implementation Handover and operation Repeat…. Most businesses have similar functions and processes: HR: recruitment, induction, training Finance: procurement, billing, sales IT: procurement, help-desks, software development Property; building, buying, renting Quality: assurance, audit, process Whilst there may…

Creativity and Innovation – Part 4 – How to Increase Innovation in your Teams

Creativity and Innovation – Part 4 – How to Increase Innovation in your Teams

The way we commonly work creates barriers to innovation in teams.  In this fourth blog by Dom Moorhouse of Method Grid and Paul Wilson of Provelio, we set out how Method Grid can be used to break down those barriers and create an environment that positively encourages value-adding and risk-reducing activity. Five common cited barriers to innovation are: Not enough time…

Certainty Makes for Happy Clients – Part 3 – How to Get Reliable Service

Certainty Makes for Happy Clients – Part 3 – How to Get Reliable Service

Unlike a physical product, services are intangible and personal and can be delivered in many ways and styles.  Whilst clients benefit from these different skills sets and talents, they also want the service to be reliable and consistent as if it were a product.  In Part 3 of this blog series, Dom Moorhouse of Method Grid and…

The Main Reason for Losing Customers

The Main Reason for Losing Customers

Whilst marketing gurus say that we should spend a lot of time working out our USP (Unique Selling Proposition), it is a sobering thought that no business is unique to the extent that their customers have literally nowhere else to go.  It is a good thing that this is the case, because this is what…

How a Simple Vision Can Drive Your Business

How a Simple Vision Can Drive Your Business

Chester Zoo is one of the most respected zoos in the world, with a fine reputation for its work in the field of conservation. Its founder, George Mottershead conceived, developed and established the zoo, despite facing what most people would think were insurmountable barriers. Why?  Because he had a simple vision that drove him inexorably…

How to Counter a Cyber-Attack

How to Counter a Cyber-Attack

Cyber-attacks are the scourge of modern businesses.  There are now serious responsibilities for business under the General Data Protection Responsibilities (GDPR).  Since cyber-attacks can very quickly become evident and reach a lot of people, there is an instant reaction to them. That is why the main responsibilities for any organisation involved in an attack are:…

Where (and how) to Focus Management Time for Maximum Results – Part 2 – Getting to 80/20

Where (and how) to Focus Management Time for Maximum Results – Part 2 – Getting to 80/20

In Part 2 of this blog series, Dom Moorhouse of Method Grid and Paul Wilson of Provelio will focus on how the use of Method Grid has enabled them to improve project delivery, reduce risk and add value through focusing management time more effectively on those critical issues and risks that warrant the most attention. Most of us are familiar with…

Knowledge in Professional Service Firms (PSFs) – Part 1 – Adopting a Method

Knowledge in Professional Service Firms (PSFs) – Part 1 – Adopting a Method

In this five-part series of blogs, Dom Moorhouse of Method Grid and Paul Wilson of Provelio discuss the opportunities for professional service firms to increase the value they can add to the construction process by adopting enterprise methodology platforms (such as Method Grid) to capture their delivery methods. As a side function of BREXIT, a 2017 Report was compiled for the House of…

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GOT A QUESTION? WE HAVE THE ANSWERS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How do you get projects done on time?

Time is the one resource on a project that, once lost, you can never get back. Here are the 5 actions which we take to ensure that your project finishes on time:

  1. We make sure that everybody on the project is made conscious of the importance of doing things on time - so that they can provide the right resources for timely completion.
  2. We start with the programmme; initially with little detail and a lot of assumptions about what may go wrong! We allow time for the things which we cannot foresee now. As we learn more about the project, we put the new detail in the project and replace our assumptions with accurate forecasts of the time required for each activity.
  3. We consult widely so that every party gets to see what they need to provide to others - and crucially what information they will need (and from whom) so that they can do their job on time.
  4. We produce very clear information on the programme - which is computer aided - and we encourage people to “shout” if they do not understand it.
  5. We resist change to scope of the works strongly (particularly during construction), so that delays are avoided.

If we stick to these 5 actions, in our experience, the project can be completed on time.

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How do you keep projects within budget?

It is vital that a project is completed within the budget. Here are the 7 actions which take to make sure that this happens:

  1. In the first few days of a project we establish what we the Client wants and the programme within which it is required - these are the two main drivers of cost.
  2. As the design develops, we discuss the content of the project with the designers and test their confidence in the adequacy of their design.
  3. We also discuss the state of the design with the Quantity Surveyor and ascertain their confidence in the adequacy of their costs.
  4. Before it goes to tender, we take the designers and quantity surveyors through a lengthy checklist designed to establish whether there are any gaps or exclusions - these are usually items on which there are options about who does the design.
  5. Assuming that we find gaps or exclusions, we ask the team to establish a cost for each of them.
  6. Having completed this exercise, the only thing that remains to be done is to add a contingency sum for things that are “unforeseen and unforeseeable”.
  7. As the project progresses, we maintain strong discipline on cost control.

If we stick to these 7 actions, in our experience, the project can be completed within budget.

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Where do you start on a project?

We like to prepare a project brief in conjunction with our Clients. 

This means that you have the benefit of expressing what you want, while bringing our experience of other projects into play.  We can help you to avoid errors or omissions from the outset. 

Here are the four main actions we take to ensure that your project starts in the right way: 

  1. In our opinion, a brief is not something which should be done by the Client in isolation.  We have informal sessions with you to ensure that the brief is heading in the right direction. 
  2. Where necessary we can bring in other people with the right experience to help with the brief.  This may be the Architect, Engineers or a Contractor. 
  3. We attempt to find the essence of a project so that you can identify what you are trying to achieve rather than how you are going to do it.  This allows you to take account of changes to ways of working and advances in technology. 
  4. We then bring the brief together by ensuring that the Client and the Design Team discuss the detail to check that it is sound in all respects. 

If we stick to these 4 actions, in our experience, the project can start in the right way. 

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