Paul White – Next steps from DCW roundtables-20220609

Paul White - Next steps from DCW roundtables-20220609

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Paul White - Next steps from DCW roundtables-20220609

PAUL WHITE says that they spoke more about doors than dampers in the Manufacturing roundtable at DCW. He thinks it would be helpful to do it in a bigger forum. RICHARD says that for the next 1 1/2 hour meeting documentation will be sent out beforehand so participants can be fully prepared to run through it.

PAUL WHITE understands the importance of collating the data but struggles with the presentation of the data ‘back out’. he also understands George’s idea that different individuals only require specific information relevant to them, but he takes issue with it as many people don’t want the information as they don’t want to make decisions about it and they haven’t up until now - they don’t realise the information that they need as they don’t want the responsibility and they’ve never had to do it. The new gateways have stopped things being shunted up to someone else who just signs off on things, now suddenly they have to know about it and think about it. The problem is more of outlook (‘philosophy’) than of data itself.

PAUL WHITE says this is going to kill Design & Build. The architects and consultants will now have to do some ‘real design work’. They’ll need to be aware of how it all fits together, to make decisions on which door will be fitted etc before it gets to the contractor. As RICHARD says, a change of mindset is required. Another example of this change in responsibility is ‘if you’re doing the fire strategy, don’t leave things out of it’. Eg why were the dampers not part of the fire strategy at Grenfell? The responsibility has been pushed down for so long - that’s going to change now.

PAUL talks about his space concept: ‘if you don’t leave space for it, you can’t put it in’.

RICHARD asks PAUL what he thinks about the RACI methodology. PAUL thinks it should be ‘cut down into smaller lumps - to do it by product’. And then it’s necessary to look at coordination outside of that. RICHARD says the idea is to split the group up into rooms within Teams, breaking it up into smaller chunks. It also means more involvement from participants. Also, in additional to online meetings, he suggests some face-to-face meetings would be useful.

PAUL says that he’ll have another look at the documents they’ve developed together and do them more like a checklist. RICHARD says that the plan is to turn the statements from the document into questions and, where possible, make tick boxes. Therefore there would be options next to each question, rather than leaving a question open. PAUL was thinking more to take each line and writing ‘who needs to know this’ and then the boxes are filled in.