Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fear Porridge for the Built Industry

A common excuse - among dozens offered - at collaborative workshops designed to support adoption and implementation of integrated project delivery (IPD) and building information modeling (BIM) is the lament that many stakeholders in the built industry fear change.  Change is hard and it can be frightening.  But I suspect there is both too little and too much fear of change in the built industry.  That's because the right amount of fear is actually a catalyst for change.

The vast majority of the stakeholders in the built industry harbor no fear of BIM or IPD because, frankly, those stakeholders lack sufficient knowledge of the tools and processes associated with BIM and IPD to know they should be afraid.  At the other extreme you find stakeholders peeking behind the competitions' curtain where BIM and IPD annihilate waste and inefficiency and they break out into cold sweat, then run screaming - metaphorically of course - from the room.

At Collaborative Construction we try to serve bite sized Fear Biscuits that instill just the right amount of fear in workshop participants.

I also call it serving Fear Porridge, ala Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

When the temperature of the Fear Porridge is just right, the participants are alert to the danger, but not too terrified to think.  That's when fear serves as a catalyst to change rather than as an inhibitor.   

Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!

James L. Salmon, Esq.
Collaborative Construction
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