Consider Professional Services . . .
Specialized Skills: Many lean firms are not staffed
to handle the sudden intensity of occasional capital
projects. It’s especially important to recognize
when available individuals are not professionally
trained in project planning, design concepts,
construction management, and facility standards.
New Staff: Hiring untested candidates off the
street “to save money” is a big risk for a project
that's set to launch, a false economy that could be
costly and damaging to your firm’s goals. Similarly,
hiring experienced senior level managers is a long
term commitment ill suited to one time investments.
Sooner Is Better: Most significant benefits and
problem avoidance occurs early in the planning /
design phases, not during the construction/
implementation phase. A common mistake: not
applying senior level resources soon enough.
Fast Tracking: When success means beating the
competition to market, demand a fast design-
construction-commissioning cycle, keeping in mind
only seasoned professionals should lead this
intense level of service.
Jobs In-Process: Perhaps you need an audit or
2nd opinion as to how existing projects are really
progressing: Adequate scope and design
documents? Competitive bids? Schedule problems?
Questionable quality? Adequate staff?
Site Selection: Are the proposed sites sufficient for
current and projected factory footprints and storage
needs? Good transportation, infrastructure, and
utilities? What about soils reports, environmental
assessments, and flood plain studies?
Confidential Launch: In some cases it’s important
to begin preliminary investigations via outside
services without informing the workforce.