The summit for 2013 is over and the big news is we have:
- a new strategy and
- a new Leadership group
Part of my benefit of attending such events is that I’m able to keep up-to-date for my students, so I’m constantly thinking “what will I be telling my students”:
- Is it that the industry needs a clear vision and strategic direction, so ignore the Government Construction Strategy written two years ago and concentrate on Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy for Construction – government and industry in partnership? (and we were also handed the RICS Construction Policy as part of the delegate pack!)
- Or is that the industry is fragmented and there is a lack of a single voice to represent in the industry, so ignore the CIC, Strategic Forum, the UKCG and listen to the Construction Leadership Group (who don’t yet have a web prescence)?
The key message I took from the plethora of keynote speeches was that there were no new statements and we, the industry, just need to get on and deliver – which we can with our new strategy digested and guided by our new board.
The summit attendees that stayed for the dinner were entertained by Piff the Magic Dragon. Piff entered the stage with disinterest and focused on whinging about the cost of his tricks and gimmicks; 20 minutes later he left the stage to raptuous applause, having entertained the audience left wondering how did he do that? It’s magic after all.
I’m left wondering whether the Summit is really just a magic show and whether like the magic tricks, will I ever understand what really just happened and that things will soon return to business as usual?
My principal reflection from the event is that whilst the excellent work being done and talked about in the Knowledge Hubs on BIM, procurement, GSL etc, the take up by industry is too slow. If these hubs are talking common-sense, then why isn’t the industry adopting and changing? I raised concerns following last year’s event and referred to Professor Stuart Green’s book Making Sense of Construction Improvement and the same concerns remain:
Is it possible to change the industry?
This is another blog post; as is a more detailed view on Construction 2025, although this article in Construction News is pretty good and is saying a similar message to me!