Benchmarking preproject planning effort

M. R. Hamilton, Edd Gibson

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Abstract

Benchmarking key performance areas is key to continual improvement of processes. This paper focuses on measurement and benchmarking of the preproject-planning process for capital construction. While experienced members of the construction industry recognize that more effort put into early project planning results in a more successful project, there are few published studies that quantitatively verify this fact. This paper reviews a methodology developed to benchmark the preproject-planning phase to provide a basis for action, follow-up studies, and recalibration of measures and benchmarks. The project that was the object of this study measured the level of preproject-planning effort performed. This level was then related to the ultimate success of the project using data gathered on 62 projects and totaling more than $3.4 billion in authorized cost. Through formal preproject-planning effort, risk is reduced, cost performance can increase by as much as 20%, and schedule performance by as much as 40%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Benchmarking preproject planning effort. / Hamilton, M. R.; Gibson, Edd.

In: Journal of Management in Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 2, 03.1996, p. 25-33.

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Hamilton, M. R. ; Gibson, Edd. / Benchmarking preproject planning effort. In: Journal of Management in Engineering. 1996 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 25-33.
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