Voices on Infrastructure: Transforming project delivery
June 2017

Voices on Infrastructure: Transforming project delivery

This collection of articles by industry leaders and McKinsey experts is dedicated to ideas about how project delivery organizations can improve productivity. The articles describe the current challenges and feature examples of successful integrated delivery models, process standardization, collaborative contractual frameworks, proven intervention techniques, and public-private partnership delivery benefits. Our contributors look at how leading organizations are responding to these challenges with creativity and innovation.

Articles in this issue

Commentary

Construction: The next great tech transformation

– Mired by underdigitization and fragmentation, construction must find a new way to build.
Article

Stopping the insanity: Three ways to improve contractor-owner relationships on capital projects

– Major capital projects are habitually beset by overruns and delays, but three solutions offer a path out of entrenched dysfunction and to increased profitability.
Commentary

Out with the old: Why embracing new ideas can transform construction’s poor delivery habits

– Construction lags behind other industries in its ability to manage complex projects, but two new approaches will help close the gap.
Article

Improving construction productivity

– McKinsey research finds seven levers can fix construction’s productivity problem, but they require a new approach from all players. We heard from industry leaders about which barriers to change are most likely to fall first.
Article

Taming scope creep to keep public-sector projects on track

– There’s a monster that eats projects: scope creep. To keep the creep at bay, organizations need discipline, collaboration, and a relentless focus on real user needs.
Article

Getting big mining projects right: Lessons from (and for) the industry

– Overruns and delays are common in big mining projects. Intelligent interventions can improve the odds of success—particularly on distressed projects.
Commentary

Optimizing performance in infrastructure project delivery

– To manage costs and schedules more effectively, a four-pronged strategy can identify and limit variability in process execution.
Article

The rising advantage of public-private partnerships

– In the United States, governments are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (P3s) to implement public infrastructure works. Here’s why the benefits of P3 project delivery, not just financing, will continue to shift the market in this direction.

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