As a contribution to Building Practice Guidelines, these Linear Responsibility
Chart templates list the typical tasks involved in a building project according
to its phase or stage. Each entry recommends who should take the lead and who
else should be providing significant support for each task. The tasks should be
modified or augmented to suit the particular construction project and the needs
of its participants.
In a well developed team, all will participate to some degree. Nevertheless, on a
project it is essential for the project manager to identify who will be
accountable for initiating, conducting and concluding each and every task.
The charts illustrate how:
- Every task can be identified and assigned to a single point responsibility
- The project can and should be divided into phases and stages, each separated
by a financial 'control gate' or decision point for control purposes
- This process builds on the standard project management generic life cycle,
- Project management can and should be distinguished from the management of
the project's technology.
It is worth noting that experience shows that any
omissions or errors of judgment in one phase can cost an order of magnitude
higher (i.e. approximately ten times as much) to conduct or rectify in each
succeeding phase. This is typically due to the likely need to suspend, back
track and rework other related activities that would normally follow.