A Broader Definition of a Change on a Construction Project

The first step for contractors improving their management of changes on a project is simply earlier identification.

D. Brown Management Profile Picture

As contractors get more involved in advanced preconstruction services on projects, this ability to identify changes early in the design-development process becomes a competitive advantage. 

The first step in early identification is to broaden the definition of a change.  

Accept that a change is any material deviation from your planned execution of the project.  

This starts with a broader overview of the project, ultimately breaking it down into “Good Tasks” that can be started and then completed without interruption.  

Considering there are two basic outcomes of a task: “On-Schedule” and “On-Budget,” you want to identify any material deviations. Systems like the Last Planner (LPS) help project teams stay on track and better able to manage changes effectively.

  • Not all changes are good and not all are bad.

  • You will get compensated for some, while others you won’t.

  • You can learn from all changes, including how to identify them earlier and possibly mitigate them all together. 

Related Training
More from D. Brown Management
Aligning Your Team
Nothing will have a bigger impact on a contractor’s business than having the right people on the team and having that team all aligned around a common vision.
Leaders Make Things Fun
Leaders are always looking for ways to make really challenging things fun. This stretches teams and builds the relationships that hold teams together in good times and bad.
Ownership Transition - Key Seller Risks
Whether you are buying or selling a construction business, it is important to understand the perspectives of the other party. Each will tend to discount the risks of the other, impacting the ability to create the best deal.