According to authors Chuck Thomsen and Sid Sanders, "organizations with continuous building programs produce most of America's buildings," and "the construction industry has quietly and without fanfare changed from a project industry to a program industry." Thomsen and Sanders believe similarities within this process "offer extraordinary opportunities for continuous improvement that will shorten schedules, save money and improve quality."By analyzing projects in a program to identify similarities and choosing similarities that offer the greatest possibilities for standardization, the authors say program managers can stimulate improvements. They discuss project teams, collaboration and improved contract terms to align the interests of key
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.