Summary of Posts

This summary update provides readers with an overview of prior posts regarding Project Planning and provides a baseline for future posts that will follow on a timely basis.

There are two applicable Subject Series.  One Subject Series, PROJECT MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES  was posted during June through September 2011.  Since that time, blog readership has increased very significantly.

The other Subject Series, PROJECT PLANNING  was started in late 2012.  This Subject Series is ongoing and new posts will occur in the upcoming weeks and months.  Readers are encouraged to subscribe to automatic update notification.

This summary is very brief and simply serves as an index for readers to follow.  Of course, detailed descriptions are contained in the individual posts.

Ideally these Subject Series  provide a starting point to investigate best practice on many planning and execution features of project management. [Read more…]


Construction Claims Management Planning

This post is the second in a Subject Series  Construction Claims and Disputes which are (will be) discussions regarding managerial challenges in potential and actual construction claims situations.  In this series, we focus on the managerial aspects of construction claims and disputes management.  This post addresses the planning, a key managerial requirement in all project work.  First plan it, and then do (execute) the work.  The notion is consistent with the old adage “An ounce of prevention [in this case management] is worth a pound of cure.”  In that regard, litigation on a large and complex project can cost millions USD in expenses to pursue and may have tens of millions USD at issue.

Yes, construction claims and disputes can and should be managed.  This is particularly true of large and complex projects.

Prospective Construction Claims Management refers to the managerial approach and planning for managing the risks (and options, opportunities, etc.) during project execution through project close-out related to claims.

Retrospective Construction Claims Management (development, presentation and defending) will be addressed in another post.

Claims Avoidance There is a myth that construction claims can be avoided.  Experience shows that this is just a myth, since it relies on controlling the activities of others.  These others may be in an adversarial posture or position.  Hence, control cannot be readily achieved. [Read more…]