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01Jun2009

Value based selling

We have been put a post in a few days now. Mainly because we have been heads down rebuilding the pipeline and executing on existing contracts.

The latter is comparatively easier. It means we have to go to construction sites, talk to the end user(s), get them to use the system, and monitor issues that come along. As is typical with any tech startup, we are now figuring out issues with production size data…

  • 1 Jun, 2009
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23May2009

Small-Often Versus Large-Rarely

Like most people involved in building something new and different, we had a broad idea of what we were setting out to do, and the confidence that as time passed and we acquired real users and customers, some of the nitty-gritty details would get ironed out. The basic rules were straightforward:

1. Build something that is useful.
2. Build something that is simple.
3. Cross (some) bridges when you get to them.
Before I get too ahead of myself, I should…

  • 23 May, 2009
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14May2009

Collaborative Construction

This blog on collaborative construction is discussing the advantages of collaboration in the construction industry and the evolution of tools and processes around it. Although the blog does not allow external readers to comment, I found this blog post from two days ago interesting on “Revit to Bentley Group; Do we need “Multi-Lingual” Software users, Flexible Owners or Web-Based BIM Servers?” To quote


But far too few leaders in…

  • 14 May, 2009
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12May2009

Three party conversation – Part II

Me: We have a system that will link the BOQ to the schedule and can automatically raise indents based on schedule progress and procurement process rules. You can track the procurement against the project, you can track the consumption against the activity. Your visibility will improve tremendously.

Projects: That is an excellent idea and will be a very useful tool. But no sir, that will not work. Projects…

  • 12 May, 2009
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08May2009

Three party conversation

Here is a recent conversation that happened between head of purchasing (Purchase), head of estimation (Estimate), and head of projects (Projects). See if you can relate to it.
Projects: I am not able to track the materials that arrive on site with the activity. I have material on site, but no one knows which block it is for or which floor it is for.
Estimate: But I gave the BOQ based on the original schedule. I also use my…

  • 8 May, 2009
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05May2009

Education in Construction

A recent post in the Constructonomics blog talks about Education in Construction – Revisited to practice the construction trade. Having worked in the construction industry abroad and now getting exposed to the Indian construction industry, I can say that the industry has people from the highest education levels to the unskilled laborers who learn trade through years of experience (school of hard knockers).
When it comes to construction project management, experience is important, but education…

  • 5 May, 2009
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29Apr2009

Tipping Point

Just finished reading the book Tipping Point byMalcolm Gladwell. The book has been out for a while, but I just got it off my reading list. What are the tipping point elements to the bring about the adoption supply chain practices in the construction industry? Who are the connectors, mavens, and salesmen that can bring about the tipping point in the Indian context. To be precise, adopting supply chain practices means

  • 29 Apr, 2009
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22Apr2009

Streamlining Communications

I came across this article recently that talks about “Five ways to speak like Obama

  1. Talk about the audience’s concerns
  2. Keep it simple
  3. Anticipate what the audience is thinking
  4. Learn to pause
  5. Master the body language of leadership

While the article itself is relevant for people who are habitually in speaking or convincing their audience, for us at Nadhi, the first three points are relevant.

Audience (customer’s) concerns: In today’s world it is foremost, how to better manage costs…

  • 22 Apr, 2009
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17Apr2009

Active Project Plans

Ravi and I recently wrote an articled titled “Active Project Plans – Challenges and Rewards” for the Times Journal of Construction on what it would take to make construction projects plans to be more a realistic representation of the project rather than it be static master plans (worst case) or a behind reality by x days (you can figure out what x is for your organization).

btw, the title of the article got modified to Project Management:…

15Apr2009

Introduction

Welcome to the Nadhi blog.

The construction industry is now going through a serious downturn, both in India and worldwide. It is more visible and felt in the housing sector. Projects are being stalled, money flow is tight, and customers are not buying. Governments are pouring money into infrastructure to help stem the decline. That the industry will rebound and come out stronger is known, the question is how long is this going to…

  • 15 Apr, 2009
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