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Title: RR268-12 - Data Analysis on the Implementation of Successful Front End Planning Processes
Publication Date: 12/1/2012
Product Type: Research Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 123
Bosfield, Gibson, Arizona State Univ.
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Front end planning (FEP) is an essential and valuable process that helps identify and address risks early in the capital project lifecycle. With effective FEP, risks can potentially be mitigated through development of detailed scope definition and subsequent efficient project resource use. This report describes the FEP process that has been developed over the past two decades by the Construction Industry Institute (CII). Specifically, it details the FEP tools developed for early project planning and the data gathered to analyze the tools used within the CII community. Data from a March 2011 survey are given showing the tools commonly used, how those tools are used, and the common barriers faced that inhibit successful FEP implementation. The findings from in-depth interviews are also shared in the report. The interviews were used to gather detail responses from organizations on the implementation of their FEP processes. In total, out of the 116 CII organizations, 59 completed the survey and over 75 percent of the respondents used at least one CII tool in their front end planning processes. Of the 59 survey respondents, 12 organizations participated in the in-depth interviews. The data show that CII organizations continue to find value in CII FEP tools due to the increase tool usage. They also show that organizations must have strong management commitment, measured succession planning and a standardized planning process to increase the likelihood of successful FEP strategies.