Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Building Project Management Experience in a Nutshell

Tilers at work (1) 

The following is a loyal depiction of our experience with any decision making process around our ongoing home extension project. From choice of vanity to lighting, all our builder/tradesman interactions seem to come down to this:

Week 1:
Us – “When do you need our choice of X by?”
Builder – “Oh, we are weeks away from that.”


Week 2:
Us – “When do you need our choice of X by?”
Builder – “Oh, we are weeks away from that.”

Week 3:
Us – “When do you need our choice of X by?”
Builder – “Oh, we are weeks away from that.”



Week n:
Us – “When do you need our choice of X by?”
Builder – “Oh, we are weeks away from that.”

Week n+1:
Us – “When do you need our choice of X by?”
Builder – “Oh, we need everything by tomorrow.”

Just thought I'd mention the above in case anyone is still thinking building projects are actually run, managed and planned better than IT projects. They’re not; the only difference is that you can physically feel the outcome. Otherwise, the bullshit factor is identical.



Image by boobook48, Creative Commons license

2 comments:

Sarah said...

Are they on track to meet the finish date?

Moshe Reuveni said...

If you were of an Israeli background I would have told you a story about how Rabbi A thinks this way and Rabbi B thinks that way. Given that you aren't, I'll say that they are making progress and I suspect the house will be ready around its due date.
That said, they did start their work a month ahead of plan, so in effect they are taking longer than they said they would.