The Key Reasons Projects Fail
The following is an excerpt from Albion Executive Vice President Brian Newsome’s White Paper, “Key Reasons Project Fail.”
THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO
Imagine a construction project gone terribly, terribly wrong. Delays
piling up on delays, budget busted, the general contractor, architect and
subcontractors all at loggerheads, nothing getting finished, and everyone
pointing fingers at everyone else. Sounds like a nightmare, right?
Over a period of two years, we were asked to rescue five different projects
that were suffering these kinds of problems. It gave us an insight we weren’t
expecting. Like anyone who works in construction, we weren’t surprised
that unexpected problems had cropped up; it’s a given when you’re dealing
with complex multi-million dollar construction projects. But we had always
found a way around the problems. On these projects, we were seeing just the
opposite. No matter what the teams tried, some intractable problem always
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