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  • Writer's pictureBrad Bollman

The Wrong Way

This guy had a job to get done, and quite frankly he may get it done, but he is going about it the wrong way. The family van is not the right vehicle to haul a large tree from point A to point B.

This reminds me of a client that recently called us. They had an exterior paving and site improvement project at their plant that they wanted to get done as soon as the weather would allow. One of the facility engineers decided he could put together a scope of work document for competitive bids from contractors. It did not work out well. Because, like the guy with the van, the facility engineer did not use the right vehicle to convey his message to the contractors. The quotes he received from his document of general notes, a non-scalable plans & no specifications, were not complete and could have led to major change orders. His supervisor stepped in and gave us a call. We created a document that clearly conveyed to the contractors what the owner wanted done.

So how do you determine if you have the right in-house vehicle to get a project done?

  • Assess what existing documentation (plans, details & specifications) you have on file. If you don’t have good documents or a way to create them – you may want to hire a professional.

  • Assess the experience and abilities of your staff. If your staff has not successfully managed a project like this one – you may want to hire a professional.

  • Assess how busy your staff is. If your staff is already stretched thin – you may want to hire a professional.

PDMi would love the opportunity of helping you create documentation, manage the information and provide the effort needed to complete your project. We can be the right vehicle to bring your project home. Give us a call…


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