There has been ongoing discussion and debate in UK industry for some time around the most effective contracting relationships.
The Project Management community recognises this and there is a thirst for greater collaborative working throughout the industry.
The decision on the level of collaboration to be embraced for a particular contract should in some sense be related to the risk profile of the work, and the way that the customer chooses to execute it. Frame services contracts are by their nature quite collaborative as they relate to supporting the ongoing production and integrity for the assets involved. The individual work packages could be quite “commodity” based and simply executed swiftly and efficiently, subject to a sensible agreed scope. Larger project scopes promote the need for greater collaboration, as they are usually more strategic, with wider benefits being realised by the Operator and Contractor working together, with clearly defined roles. Risk therefore plays a part in determining the extent of collaboration.
There is perhaps a rightful fear in the Operator community that “collaboration” is some kind of code for Service providers having and easy contract with higher margin. This is not the intent.
A collaborative environment should be about the best people delivering the right work in an open and communicative environment, where risk and reward is shared appropriately. It is as much about attitudes and behaviours with all personnel having the aligned view of what project success means. A collaborative project contract will have personnel working together to solve issues and to reduce cost, seeking to deliver the end outcome in the minimum time possible.
Having been launched in late 2016, the ECITB Project Collaboration Toolkit has been piloted against a number of real projects. Being projects of different scope, size and complexity, the pilot projects have delivered a range of different experiences and benefits through their adoption of a collaborative delivery strategy. The outcomes and experiences of these projects have been captured in the case studies on this page.
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