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Title: PAC2016-4 - 2016 Value of CII Best Practices Report
Publication Date: 11/1/2016
Product Type: Benchmarking Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 51
Presents a summary of the impact and value of 10 of the 17 CII Best Practices, based on data drawn from the CII Performance Assessment Committee's 10-10 Program. The 10-10 data introduced the ability to assess best practice impacts by project phase, rather than based on complete projects. As of November 2015, the 10-10 database included 742 project phases submitted by 81 CII member organizations and distributed across three industry sectors and five project phases.
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Since the establishment of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in 1983, industry members and academic researchers have collaborated on research to improve capital project delivery. CII research on the industry’s process and methods has generated 17 Best Practices, which are defined as ”a process or method that, when executed effectively, leads to enhanced project performance.”

This report adds to the body of knowledge that addresses the value of Best Practices, which includes the 2003 and the 2010 Value of Best Practices reports. Different from previous editions, this report was based on data collected through the CII 10-10 Program, a novel way to assess the performance of projects and their organizations. The 10-10 data allowed the analysis to address the value of 10 of the 17 Best Practices in specific project phases. Therefore, results are provided per project phase rather than in terms of overall project performance.

This report aimed to address two questions:
  • Which practices presented the highest/lowest level of implementation in each phase?
  • Which practices presented significant impacts on phase cost and schedule?
Regarding the level of implementation of the practices, the results indicate that Materials Management and Quality Management have overall low implementation levels, which indicates an opportunity for improvement for the CII membership as a whole. Constructability experienced low implementation scores in the FEP and Engineering phases, also indicating opportunities for improvement. Other practices, including Zero Accident Techniques, Alignment, and Team Building, experienced higher scores across several phases.

In terms of positive impacts on project phases, the report findings indicate that organizational practices, more specifically, Team Building and Alignment, provided significant benefits across several project phases. Despite its low scores, Materials Management provided positive impacts in several phases, including improved Engineering and Construction cost and schedule growth. The report also identified a number of practices that significantly improved front-end planning results, assessed in terms of PDRI score, including Team Building, Alignment, Constructability, Planning for Startup, and Project Risk Assessment.

While the present report advanced the understanding of the impact and value of CII Best Practices, CII should and will continue to investigate such impacts, in order to ultimately demonstrate the far-reaching benefits of these practices.