The case for having longer, but fewer, facility planning meetings
The challenges involved in a lengthy facility design planning process are painfully familiar to all who have participated. The planning phase drags on over months and sometimes years. There is an endless series of often unproductive meetings during which nothing seems to get decided to anyone’s satisfaction due to “turf wars” and conflicting priorities. Key staff can feel left out of the process. An us vs. them dynamic often emerges, when frustrated health care staff don’t feel heard by out-of-town designers or even their own leadership team.This fragmented progression can increase the chances of decisions being reversed and recast in later phases, which can have a negative impact on time and cost. However, there is a seemingly paradoxical alternative that can actually speed up the planning process and encourage consensus: having meetings that are longer, but more effective.