Entering a negotiation, from Program on Negotiation.

PON is the Harvard Program on Negotiation. This is an extraordinary program with a rich and long history. I republish their discussion about first impressions to give you a taste of the resources available to build cooperation. Believe me, even in the most cooperative constructions sites, there will be much negotiation needed. I’m just saying, let’s do it well.

https://www.pon.harvard.edu/tag/pon/

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A Lean Coffee

The Lean Coffee was the most organized meeting I have attended in years. It was a generally skilled set of attendees. all interested in Lean, but there are many topics to be discussed in everyone’s projects and Lean in general. With a very organized system of selecting topics, one got the feeling of a Lean job site. These were skilled busy people with problems or issues to discuss and they wanted to get the best use of their time.

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What is a novice blogger to do?

The construction world is moving toward significant improvements in the areas of my concern. Lean Construction is growing quickly. Articles and seminars about coordination, collaboration and cooperation are growing as well. National attention has angled over to politics and I am as susceptible as anyone. The next series of posts will be much more focussed, positive and informative about the reason that you came to a website named cooperative.construction.

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Training, Little by Little.

I get many ads per week for seminars and webinars, I'm sure you do too.  There is a slight trend toward training for cooperative activities.  I watch for every movement toward cooperative behavior because I am positive that eventually the construction industry will move in that direction.  I hope with the advent of fabulous electronic project management control tools, we will be able to advance cooperation as quickly or faster than the bulk of the industry.  To accomplish that, training will be our main tool.  The following solicitation shows this activity.  It will be presented by the Judicial Council of California in September 2018 in Sacramento.  Note that we in the industry are still trying to prove that cooperation is somehow better.  Of course, it is better, we are the slowest of our species to embrace that. 

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Author's Notes about the Origin of Coop Constr.

This general concept of Cooperation being a new organizing principle for construction or other large projects, was developed while I was a Masters Candidate in Architecture at CalPoly San Luis Obispo, in 2012 through 2014.  I discovered that Cooperation was an organizing concept for certain set of new school projects built in California in the period. 

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Leadership -or- The Generals rev.2

Well, most of us have seen leadership in a construction team. There's no mistaking it.  Many times it seems that everything goes wrong, yet the project seems to get done on budget and in time.  When this happens, it  is easy to see the leadership process circle around many times.  We've also seen prjects where the leadership had to change to get the project done.  Oddly, that is the process that brought John Marshall highly honors.  He would replace Generals until he found someone like Eisenhower.  Of course we don't have this luxury but we aren't trying to win the largest fight in human history, we are just trying to build a strip mall in Syracuse in the winter.  

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Cooperation, Its Many Meanings.

“Cooperation” in this book means coordination, collaboration and knowledge integration.  We use all these meanings. This book proposes an ethos of cooperation.  Such an ethos is guided by taking action in one’s own best interests and in the best interests of the project as a whole.  Cooperation means cooperation in its widest possible meaning. 

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