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 requirementsDesign solutionProcurementImplementationHandover and operationRepeat…. Most businesses have similar functions and processes: HR: recruitment, induction, trainingFinance: procurement, billing, salesIT: procurement, help-desks, software developmentProperty; building, buying, rentingQuality: assurance, audit, process Whilst there may be aspects that are unique to each business the…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
The 7 Essential Elements of Quality Assurance
In a previous article, we set out all the things necessary for a Project Management QA Manual. It comprises: A Policy Manual A Procedures Manual Project Quality Plans In this article we set out the approach to writing a Procedures Manual. The essence of a Procedures Manual is to keep it simple and document very…
7 Key Questions for CEOs on Purchasing
Purchasing and supply management is vital to every business and ultimately controls the profitability of the organisation. Whereas most people look to the organisations manpower for savings, many businesses have large amounts of money “tied up” in contracts for external supply. It is vital that those contracts contribute to: Cutting costs Improving efficiency Creating value…
Our MISSION is to help you reach peak performance by providing management services that lead to lasting beneficial changes to:
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- We produce very clear information on the programme - which is computer aided - and we encourage people to “shout” if they do not understand it.
- 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.
It is vital that a project is completed within the budget. Here are the 7 actions which take to make sure that this happens:
- 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.
- As the design develops, we discuss the content of the project with the designers and test their confidence in the adequacy of their design.
- We also discuss the state of the design with the Quantity Surveyor and ascertain their confidence in the adequacy of their costs.
- 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.
- Assuming that we find gaps or exclusions, we ask the team to establish a cost for each of them.
- 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”.
- 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.
SGS College have worked with Provelio for around 15 years on many capital projects within Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Without question Provelio add value to every project by facilitating clear thinking during project conception, providing quality guidance during procurement and by providing diligent and focused project management throughout the design and construction phase.
I have no hesitation is recommending their services.