Who Let the Smarts Out?


The folks at Compendia focus on a serious situation for the construction industry with this post. Their point is that those companies left standing will have made serious staff reductions and suffered a significant loss of tribal knowledge in the process. Gearing up to (hopefully) meet to coming increase in demand means training new employees and building the company’s knowledge base up from scratch.

While the author certainly makes a valid point, I find it a bit ironic. After all, how much tribal knowledge do construction professionals leave behind willingly with every finished project? Yes, construction projects are temporary affairs. But every completed projects has taught scores of valuable lessons to the project team. Unfortunately, without any systems in place to capture and replicate those lessons, many evaporate forcing others to re-learn the same lessons at some time down the road.

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