Project Validation Informing Client's Approval Decision and Enhancing Project Performance

David Grau, Rachael Sherman, Fernanda Cruz-Rios

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Abstract

Despite past and present research on planning and delivery methods, the construction industry is still characterized by endemic cost and schedule overruns that are often accompanied by disclosures of actual performance late in the project delivery. As a response to such major shortcoming, this study investigated the novel and undocumented practice of validation. The purpose of project validation is to prove or disprove whether the project team can successfully deliver a project that satisfies the owner's business case and scope within the constraints of cost and schedule. In order to document validation, this study leveraged a multiple case study analysis of remarkable project validation efforts. Data were collected through open-ended phone interviews with eight subject matter experts. Each expert was requested to share validation aspects such as information inputs and outputs, team and culture, steps, or approval solicitation. The interviews were complemented with the authors' first-hand observations at validation sessions. Qualitative analysis of the collected data enabled the detail of the benefits, nuances, and steps for a successful validation effort. Validation is executed within a short duration, limited budget, and little or no design. Validation culminates in an informed decision by the owner on whether to authorize (go) or not to authorize (no-go) the project. When the project is authorized, the owner and the team contractually agree to the project based on the shared commitment that the success criterion can be met. Alternatively, a no-go decision enables the owner to allocate the project funds into alternative investments that can meet the owner's objectives and provide the expected rate of return.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProject Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020
EditorsDavid Grau, Pingbo Tang, Mounir El Asmar
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages153-159
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482889
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts - Tempe, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2020Mar 10 2020

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management and Controls, Materials, and Contracts - Selected Papers from the Construction Research Congress 2020

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2020: Project Management Controls, Materials, Contracts
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTempe
Period3/8/203/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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