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Monday, May 25, 2009

There is No “I” in IPD!: AECbytes Viewpoint #45

Great article and credit to http://twitter.com/ArchitectureCo/status/1864550633

There is No “I” in IPD!: AECbytes Viewpoint #45: "Mike Whaley
Director of Preconstruction, J. H. Findorff and Son Inc.

Growing up playing sports, we probably all heard the reference to the old phrase, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” Well, it is my opinion that this same phrase has to apply to IPD. There can be no “I’s” in IPD.

But please—don’t come up with a new acronym for Integrated Project Delivery! We have enough acronyms and IPD will serve us fine.

As I read more and more articles about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), I am concerned about how little discussion there is on what I believe is essential to a successful IPD project—the need for an organized/structured TEAM building process as a part of the project plan. Obviously, the focus of previous articles has been on very relevant issues: discussions on the implementation of BIM, legal aspects of three party contracts, and success stories of major projects delivered on time and on budget. These are significant topics and we need to learn about how this process works. However, my experience indicates that to maximize the full potential of IPD, we also need to focus on team building as an organized step in the process.

There are four aspects of team building that need to be considered: First, how do you build a team? Second, is the relocation of the team to one central location worth the investment? Third, how does BIM figure into the team equation? And finally, after the team planning, is everyone performing as a team? This article attempts to address each one of these aspects."

Trust (commitment that we were all working together); Enthusiasm (that this was an exciting group of people to work with, and that it was a good project); Appreciation (of the various skills that everyone brought to the project); and Mutual respect (often based upon previous project experiences). We did not have a three party contract, we did not have a clue about what IPD was, but we were all working towards the common goal of a successful project.

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