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Countdown to Atomization






























It's official: the countdown until the end of Tocci's VDC department is running! About 6 months ago, we decided to explore "atomizing" our VDC department, deploying VDC staff to roles in Cost Engineering, Project Management and Field Operations. Our team already serves hybrid roles on projects, with some functions overlapping between more traditional roles. Looking more closely at this, we determined that the only way to further integrate VDC into our process was to decentralize it. So, by June 5, 2012 (at 5pm), our VDC department will be no more. About 80% of the team will transition to roles in the departments mentioned above; the remaining team will figure out how to maintain innovation, standards and training in a new department (to be named later!) without becoming arbitrary or standing in the way of projects. Or maybe, everyone will transition out and we'll figure out the rest later! More updates as the clock counts down.

1 comment:

BSuccar said...

Laura, this is an excellent move by Tocci! However, it might be appropriate for those who read your blog to understand that this move (integrating VDC know-how into other departments) is the fourth step on a five-step scale. It should NOT be attempted by organizations that are yet to define their VDC processes and workflows or are still struggling to manage the complexity of model-based collaborative work. I also dare to suggest that a skeletal VDC department/team must still be in operation 1 year from now. That team/department (whatever it is called) is tasked with relentless VDC optimization across the whole organization. The reasoning behind this uninvited advice lies in the time-tested capability maturity model (CMM) which was first developed by the software industry and later adapted by many other industries. In a nutshell, most CMM-based performance improvement systems (even the ones specifically adapted for BIM/VDC) will chart a five milestone course (called maturity levels): Ad-hoc…Defined…Managed….Integrated…Optimized. One cannot jump into an integrated process like the one you’ve mentioned before passing through (and even burning their fingers) in previous levels…Again, congratulations on such a bold move – and for giving yourselves one full year to do it. It is another sign of Tocci’s ‘mature’ VDC approach.