The construction sector is under growing pressure to increase productivity and improve quality, most notably in reports by Latham 1994, Constructing the Team, HMSO, London and Egan 1998, Rethinking Construction, HMSO, London. A major problem for construction companies is the lack of project predictability. One method of increasing predictability and delivering increased customer value is through the systematic management of construction processes. However, the industry has no methodological mechanism to assess process capability and prioritise process improvements. Standardized Process Improvement for Construction Enterprises SPICE is a research project that is attempting to develop a stepwise process improvement framework for the construction industry, utilizing experience from the software industry, and in particular the Capability Maturity Model CMM, which has resulted in significant productivity improvements in the software industry. This paper introduces SPICE concepts and presents the results from two case studies conducted on design and build projects. These studies have provided further insight into the relevance and accuracy of the framework, as well as its value for the construction sector.
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 2000