Benchmarking in Construction by Steven McCabe

By Steven McCabe

This is often the 1st post-Egan publication to examine benchmarking and KPIs (key functionality signs) within the development industry.Benchmarking is likely one of the key administration recommendations the development now must undertake whether it is to fulfill tough new potency and productiveness objectives in addition to consumers' calls for for top worth. Contracts are more and more being provided basically to contractors who can exhibit the tilt building practices that include benchmarking.This authoritative and available booklet: * clarifies the considering in the back of benchmarking and why companies needs to now undertake it*shows how one can organize potent benchmarking *explains the theoretical historical past and gives transparent, sensible guidance*demonstrates most sensible perform although connection with case reviews. There are 9 case reviews describing using KPIs and the appliance of the EFQM excellence version - together with contributions from Morrison and John Mowlem the writer Steve McCabe is senior lecturer within the tuition of estate and building on the collage of crucial England in Birmingham. He has carried out wide examine in caliber development recommendations and benchmarking and has vast adventure in with a few contractors and in the neighborhood authority quarter.

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Introduction attempting to present alternative models of how the construction industry can be better organised. Moreover one thing that all these reports tend to agree upon is that the resources used by the construction industry can be made to perform more effectively, and that as a direct result parties could enjoy the benefits. Two of the most recent reports into the construction industry (Latham, 1994; Construction Industry Task Force, 1998)4 are notable for the following: (1) The power of the assertions that they contain (2) The fact that, subsequent to publication, the stated intention of Government is to ensure that recommendations contained within them are implemented.

One of the principles that this book will constantly stress, is the need for measures to be put in place which allow assessment of data which are produced in respect to any changes made. Without such measures, the effects that are brought about will tend to be purely anecdotal. As a result, it will be impossible to make an objective judgement as to how effective the changes were. Summary This chapter has described the following: . What benchmarking and best practice mean . How these concepts can be used as the basis upon which improvement can occur .

The need to achieve quality assurance (ISO 9000; BSI, 1994) has meant that processes are now more likely to be formally documented than would have been the case in the past. 28 Getting to Grips with the Concepts However, if improvement is to occur it may be necessary to consider altering some of the processes, or change the way that different processes interact with one another. As Bendell et al. , 1997). 3 Types of benchmarking There are three main ways of carrying out benchmarking: . Internal .

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