Efficiency Traps - An Open
Every project has them, and the bigger the
project, the more they cost. We can start to eliminate them by
simply exposing them.
First of all, it is very easy not to be
efficient. Just do nothing special and that's all it
takes. The effects are not felt immediately and so whatever
happens as a result later seems like its just a natural consequence
of running a project. And the cost seems natural too.
So we get used to projects costing a certain amount of money, and
taking a certain amount of time to complete.
But what happens when we tackle a few areas of
inefficiency, one by one? When we adopt a system of working
that results in automatic, effortless elimination of some of the
things that get in the way of getting the job done. Things that we
refer to in this report as 'Efficiency Traps'.
Well we're about to examine nine categories of
efficiency trap - covering more than thirty specific items, that we
can consciously address to make a difference in how we get things
done. Improvement in any one of these will make an improvement in
efficiency. Tackling multiple traps will have an exponential
effect on project performance so improvement in any three will make
significant improvements in efficiency. Improvement in all of them,
every single one, will make a radical difference to a project's
timescale and cost. So much so that I suggest the time and
manpower cost of a project can be reduced by as much as 80%.
Because that is how much of a project's value is lost in these
Now, imagine that the more we eat into this 80%
of waste, the more we increase our income. That's what we're
talking about here, and that's what the PIG methodology for project
control makes possible. So lets take a look at each of the
traps in turn and see how many of them you can recognise in your