Advanced Work Packaging Procedures

Advanced Work Packaging Procedure

Capital project organizations need to configure Advanced Work Packaging procedures that work for them

Over the past decade my team and I have worked with dozens of the world’s most successful capital project construction companies, supporting them in their efforts to implement Advanced Work Packaging (AWP). As a result of this work I’ve seen the inside of many, many project delivery systems claiming AWP is being implemented, and let me tell you what I’ve learned: Most companies have weak work packaging procedures. It is no wonder that most capital projects are late and over-budget — if we don’t have a clear picture of what people are supposed to be doing on a project, how can we expect them to execute effectively?

It doesn’t have to be this way. After configuring custom Advanced Work Packaging procedures for several major Owner and contractor clients, in 2021 we poured everything we learned into a standardized, scalable and fully customizable Concord® AWP Procedures Manual. Since then we’ve used this keystone document to bring AWP to many more companies of all sizes, helping them to leverage Concord’s deep store of knowledge and best practices in crafting a procedure book that is as unique as their individual organizations, empowering to their teams and fully integrated with their existing systems. 

We’ve done this process with a multinational corporation that builds and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets. We’ve done it with a joint venture between two major oil and gas companies that manufacture and sell petroleum additives for the fuel and lubricant industries. We’ve done it for a leading global mining group and a multi-billion dollar gas company. If it works for them, it can work for you.

In this article, I’ll tell you how we do it.

Step 1: We conduct a maturity assessment

Concord’s AWP Maturity Assessment is a testing protocol for capital project organizations who are looking to implement Advanced Work Packaging. Our proprietary tests answer a host of essential questions about your organization, all designed to help you understand what you need to do before introducing AWP. By understanding your organizational strengths and weaknesses, and working to mitigate the latter, you can significantly lower the risk of AWP failure, and dramatically increase the likelihood of success.

When the assessment is complete, you’ll have in your hand an actionable list of steps you need to take to ready your organization for AWP implementation success.

Step 2: We initiate a 12-step configuration process

Next our team will walk you through a 12-Step Process of Configuration that will help us develop and configure your procedure across the entire lifecycle. This proprietary configuration process will cover:

  • Your stage-gate and collaboration systems;
  • Your engineering;
  • Your construction and construction management;
  • Your project management;
  • Your scheduling;
  • Your estimating;
  • Your information and document management;
  • Your technology infrastructure;
  • Your contractor management;
  • Your procurement;
  • Your project staffing;
  • And many other aspects.


In short, we touch on every area that constitutes a proper project delivery system. We do the heavy lifting, producing your procedure and identifying the upgrades that are needed in your existing body of knowledge.

Step 3: You evaluate and approve your procedure

Once the procedure is complete, we will follow your quality management process requirements and edit it into your format. You own the final deliverable — it belongs to you, your company, and your people.

selling Advanced Work Packaging internally

Q&A with Wärtsilä AWP Champions Niklas Dahlgren and Donovan Karhutalvi

A unique opportunity to learn from two capital project professionals who implemented Advanced Work Packaging and Predictability Thinking™ inside a multi-billion dollar global capital projects organization.

Do it once, do it right, do it fast

The Concord approach is successful for a few key reasons. First, we can get the entire process done in three months. Second, your team is empowered throughout the process, so they develop a sense of ownership and take pride in both the quality of the process and the quality of the final deliverable. We are proud to say that when our work is complete, our clients have the knowledge, skills and tools they need to implement their Advanced Work Packaging procedures on their own — without us.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your AWP implementation, the Concord® team is standing by to help. Book a call with us today.

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