Is Your Company Ready for Advanced Work Packaging?

The only way to know for certain is to conduct an AWP Readiness Assessment, Olfa Hamdi writes

When you decide to implement Advanced Work Packaging in your capital project organization, the first step is to conduct a readiness assessment. The goal of this assessment is to survey your existing organization to see whether you have the people and systems in place to support a successful pilot project. I’ll be blunt: Most companies don’t.

We created the AWP Readiness Assessment because we saw the same series of events play out again and again with our clients, from small regional capital project organizations to multinational industry leaders. The story goes like this: Leaders learn about the benefits of AWP and launch a pilot project. The project team runs into major organizational barriers and fails. AWP is rejected. 

The barriers encountered by the project team range from a lack of training and understanding about Advanced Work Packaging to a hostile organizational culture that is resistant to change; sometimes they run up against entrenched systems and procedures that undermine AWP implementation and effectiveness, or unsupportive leadership. In many cases, leaders simply do not give pilot project leaders the training, resources and support they need to implement AWP effectively.

Just as you would prepare the soil before planting a seed, you must prepare your capital project organization before initiating Advanced Work Packaging.

What do all of these barriers have in common? Every one of them can be identified and addressed proactively, before the first AWP pilot project begins. Just as you would prepare the soil before planting a seed, you must prepare your capital project organization before initiating Advanced Work Packaging.


What is the Concord® AWP Readiness Assessment?

The AWP Readiness Assessment is a tool we use to assess the organizational environment to see if the company is ready for AWP. The process is simple, and relatively quick.

First, you define a team that is representative of key delivery departments, including construction, engineering, procurement, project management, project controls, business and technology (if possible). We bring this team together for a one-day workshop and work together to rate your organization using nearly 300 questions using Concord®’s proprietary AWP readiness tool. This engaging, collaborative process results in a comprehensive assessment of the seven dimensions of your business that will most directly impact the success of your AWP implementation. 

If you score well in all seven dimensions, you’re ready to start. If you’re not ready, Concord® will provide you with an actionable Roadmap to Readiness™. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to see where you stand and make informed decisions about where to invest your resources as you grow.


The 7 Dimensions of AWP Readiness

The complete AWP Readiness Rating Index is based on nearly 300 metrics and so it’s too complex for a short blog post like this. However, it can be helpful to consider the seven dimensions of readiness as you think about preparing your business for a successful AWP implementation. These dimensions include:

Project Performance Status — In this dimension we ask: What are your project outcomes and organizational / business performance in relation to AWP?

Owner & Contractor Organization — Here we evaluate the structure of your project management organization, the composition of your project teams, and the leadership component as they pertain to your future AWP implementation.

Construction-Driven Planning and Predictable Execution — Does your organization currently apply a construction-driven approach to planning? Is there alignment between engineering, procurement, and field installation?

Knowledge — What is your organizational knowledge around capital project delivery, and how is that knowledge disseminated within the organization?

Staffing and Collaboration — In this dimension we measure staff capabilities and expertise as it pertains to competencies required for successful future AWP implementation.

Processes and Tools / Technology — Here we assess whether your digital and information infrastructures are capable of supporting construction-driven project delivery / AWP implementation.

Assurance and Performance Measurement — Finally, we measure the organization’s readiness to monitor the effective implementation of Advanced Work Packaging.

Taken together, these seven dimensions allow capital project leaders to gain complete clarity around strengths and weaknesses as they make critical decisions about where to invest resources leading up to AWP implementation.

Are you a capital project leader interested in implementing Advanced Work Packaging in your organization? Contact us today to discuss the AWP Readiness Assessment!

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