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Guest Blog: What is Collaborative Contracting?

Whenever I talk about collaborative contracting publicly at a conference, or privately in a business meeting, I am often asked the question:  What exactly is Collaborative Contracting?  I am asked this question often enough, that I resolved to address it with this blog. So, Enjoy! The reality is that there is no one, single definition… Read more »

Alberta is Competitive

At GO Productivity, we think it’s critically important to amplify the industry voices that motivate positive change and encourage growth.  So, we want to highlight the good work of the Alberta Steel Manufacturers. The ASM are a membership of steel suppliers in Alberta that started seeing industrial construction projects outsourcing steel to global suppliers but… Read more »

Collaboration is a Matter of Trust

There is a Ladder of Trust in human relationships including collaborative efforts.  Trust is going to be foundational in any progress towards authentic collaboration on construction projects.  Trust must be created, nurtured and growing if a collaboration construction model for projects is going to be optimized.  While Trust is not everything in developing a collaborative… Read more »

Construction’s Capacity to Perform: Collaboration and Productivity

Is anyone getting tired of being told Alberta Construction Productivity is lagging behind the other industries? Is it possible that construction projects have some inherent aspects that just jam-up the gears and prevent us from improving as fast? At first glance it seems to all come down to timeline and schedule. Construction is project work… Read more »

The GO B2B Marketing Challenge

In a business climate characterized by uncertainty surrounding commodity prices and trade agreements, business owners are often reluctant to spend time and money on projects with uncertain returns. The GO B2B Challenge is a marketing case competition to consider the best way to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to invest in productivity and innovation systems…. Read more »

Skilling UP: An essential skills training project that could help your company

According to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the benefits of Essential Skills training include: Increased productivity Less time per task Reduced error rates Less waste Enhanced workplace efficiencies Ability to apply new knowledge and skills on the job Better workplace health and safety Capacity to understand safety instructions Better communication between workers and management… Read more »

Getting Started on your Collaboration Strategy

Organizations considering collaboration are starting to get more support and resources to make their transformation into executing on collaborative construction projects. On May 7th, organizations came together for a seminar and continued the conversation to further build understanding and support for what it takes to be more collaborative and execute collaborative contracting models. From the… Read more »

Front-End Elements of Collaboration in Construction

There are several sources and methodologies on how to collaborate in construction projects. We would like to highlight three such elements which take place at the beginning of a project and seem to be common among the different methodologies. Early Involvement As the project progresses through detailed conceptual engineering and detailed engineering/design more of the uncertainties… Read more »

Poor economic conditions result in low start-up growth and innovation

Despite having the highest rates of entrepreneurship in Canada as per the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report, poor economic situations have led to little growth and innovation in many of these startups.Albertan startups, when compared to the rest of Canada are much more heavily based on oil and gas, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing, while typically… Read more »