Congratulations! You have been selected for an amazing design-build project. You are also excited about the team. Both the contractor and the architect are known for collaborative practices, and the owner is known to be a good and thoughtful leader on projects. This should be a positive experience … if only everyone will make decisions when they are supposed to.
Nothing can be more powerful than a project where decisions are made quickly and effectively, yet, we have all seen great projects fail because decisions were mired in the quicksand of debate, insufficient information, or, simply, lack of will. Nothing can be more frustrating.
What can a sub-contractor do to change or even prevent decision paralysis occurring? Here are seven decision-planning strategies you can use even if you don’t have a great team or a great leader with which to work:
Remember that decision-making is an essential element to success on any project. It requires discipline and focus. Even though the owner and the contractor will be responsible for most decisions, you can help lead your team to better, more successful decision-making practices.
Barbara Bryson is the associate dean for research and academic affairs at the University of Arizona. A former architect, Bryson has led construction efforts at the University of Miami and Rice University. She co-wrote “The Owner’s Dilemma: Driving Success and Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry.” She is also a member of TD’s board of directors.