I’m delighted to see that Constructing Excellence has launched a blog, where the team will be able to post opinion pieces and engage direct online with the key issues facing the UK Construction Industry in these difficult times, not least the difficult issue of delivering Value.
First up is Don Ward, CEO with a post on the general assumption that the Construction Industry is ‘reverting to type’:
“…particularly with single stage lowest price tendering and aggressive commercial behaviours such as arbitrary demands for 10-20-50% price reductions “or else…”. Six months ago Building’s front cover asked whether we would soon be seeing the return of the claims QS, and sure enough, many say we have. So how much of the last ten years’ improvement in the industry could be undone, and will all that effort prove to be wasted?”
It may be no surprise to learn that Mr Ward believes there is ‘Another Way’, but what will be interesting is how conversations about the subject pan out on the blog, as this is a subject with pretty entrenched views.
Last week when I guest blogged on Business on Twitter, about Why Architects should Twitter, I pointed out that twitter is a great place to meet the pioneers in the construction industry, an enthusiastic band of people at the forefront of the collaboration agenda (academics, campaigners and business people) who are using the internet to demonstrate its benefits.
Now that Constructing Excellence has joined the conversation with a blog and a twitter account, I hope that the discussion will shift up another gear. Let’s get over there and welcome Constructing Excellence to the blogosphere.
Paul Wilkinson says
I have made the point before via Twitter, but @constructingexc was being used in a collective, one-way, broadcast-only mode.
The welcome arrival of the blog has at least given me chance to politely request that they amend their Twitter usage. People have conversations, so I hope we see several CE individuals launch their own Twitter IDs, and start monitoring that all-important feedback from their followers.
I agree Paul.
I met Jon de Souza last month and it is clear that there is definitely enthusiasm for making twitter (and Web 2.0 generally) work better for them.
The points on your blog post are well made, and with a blog twitter makes even more sense.
I think they are hoping to blog about demonstration projects which demonstrate the case for collaborative working, which will be great!