Construction Project Lifecycle; Execution

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As we're thinking about what we DO in construction, we thinking BUILDING, right? I mean, isn't that what people pay us to do?

Yes. We get paid to build things.

But HOW we build things can make all the difference. So we're talking a look at the Construction Project Lifecycle to uncover a new mode of thinking about how we do things.

There are four phases within the Project Lifecycle. They are (click on the link to read the article):

  1. Startup
  2. Planning
  3. Execution
  4. Closeout

Here, we're talking about Execution. So let's get into it.


"We're here to execute. But the quality of that execution depends on the plan that we're using. Good execution requires a good plan."


Construction Lifecycle; Execution Phase

What's happening?

This part is pretty self explanatory: we're building stuff!

Everything that we've working on the first two phases (Startup & Planning) is paying off. We're updating trend charts, attending planning meetings, purchasing material, sending in test reports, and much more.

This is the FUN part of what we do a builders.

Who's doing what?

Like we discussed in the Planning Phase, every contracting party has an Execution Phase. But they just look a little different.

The Owner's Execution Phase? It's when they're working closely with the Prime on getting the job built, providing any owner-furnished material, and performing in-process inspections.

The Prime, on the other hand, has so much going on that it's probably hard to keep up if you walked into their job office. It's all hands on deck to get the job built. Built right. Built once.

And Subcontractors are in the same boat. The Prime is driving them hard and it's time to get the job built.

Why is this phase important?

It's probably pretty clear why we have an execution phase. The importance of this phase, though is that it is a derivative of the hard work that was put in during the Planning Phase.

The Execution Phase is where we're carrying out the PLAN that was created previously. Was is a good plan? Then execution is easy. A good plan means that we thought through issues and mitigated any potential problems.

That's not to say that execution is brainless or easy. It's far from it. BUT knocking off any potential problems early means the pros that are out there building the job can focus on what's truly important, like making money, taking care of their team and eliminating rework.

What's next?

We're almost ready for the Closeout Phase. Again, probably not the funnest part of the project. And you're not likely to have employees volunteering to close out a project.

But it's necessary. AND (starting to sound like a broken record, here...) if the proper time was spent on the PLANNING phase, closeout is going to be MUCH easier.