Partnering involves two or more organizations working collaboratively toward long term business objectives. They key is to maximize the effectiveness of each participants’ resources in successfully delivering the business requirements – be it a large construction project, a product launch, or other new initiative.
For many organizations, this requires changing traditional “individualized” relationships to a “shared culture” relationship without regard to organizational boundaries. The partnering relationship is based upon trust, dedication to common goals, an understanding of each other’s individual expectations and values, and a full commitment to success.
By employing a partnering system to your project, you can be more successful in terms of:
- Scope – how well the project meets the operational requirements
- Budget – how well the project meets the financial constraints
- Time – how well the project meets the schedule constraints
- Quality – how well the project meets the quality needs and parameters
- Safety – how well the project employs appropriate levels of operational risk management.
While the partnering process will vary depending on the above characteristics, it all starts with a series of formal partnering sessions, transforming into a philosophy on how the project is managed through the collaborative efforts of all the stakeholders.