It is not often that you build the same project in the same place at the same time. Even if you use the same design to build several projects on the same campus, something will be different from one project to the next. It might be the soil conditions, management team, subcontractors, or tradespeople. More often, you’ll find that your team builds similar projects.
When you do something more than once, you have a chance to do it better each time. The improvements might relate to safety, quality, schedule, cost, some other factor, or all of these. Too often, as a project nears completion you might hear “Come on, let’s get on to the next one.” This could come from any team member during any phase of the project.
While it takes time and effort, doing a retrospective can be a great investment for the future. Once your team can define what worked and what didn’t, you can close the project file. Consider labeling the file folder (container) with a time and place. Now you can send the project to the future.
Dateline two years later… “This project looks familiar. Didn’t our team do one of these a few years ago?” “We certainly did, and I know where to find out all about it.” Your team just struck gold and a past investment has paid off.
Now, let’s talk about the key. You need to have the right set of keys or tools to dig for the gold. How can we bring the past to the future? To this location? The keys and/or tools need to be durable and dependable, yet flexible. You can make your own keys/tools or find a manufacturer, like Eos Group, who can develop keys/tools that meet your requirements so you can save for the future and reap the benefits.