The Notorious, and often Frustrating, Game of Infrastructure Bingo! ️

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Let’s face it: infrastructure projects and budget overruns often go hand-in-hand. But before you reach for the panic button, test your cost-estimation detective skills with a fun (but cautionary) game of Infrastructure Bingo! ️

Mark off a square if you find these telltale signs:

  • “Scope creep” whispers: The project’s requirements keep expanding like a never-ending to-do list.
  • Change orders galore: Requests for changes fly faster than pigeons in Trafalgar Square.
  • Unrealistic deadlines: deadlines set by wishful thinking, not project realities. 
  • “We can fix it in the post” mentality: ignoring potential problems now to “deal with them later.”
  • Communication silos: Information is trapped in isolated pockets, leading to misunderstandings and delays.
  • Overly optimistic cost estimates: numbers based on hope, not complex data.
  • Lack of stakeholder buy-in: Key players must be more confident and happy with the project’s goals and budget.
  • Inexperienced team members: Learning on the job can be costly. ‍️
  • Unforeseen ground conditions: Mother Nature throws a curveball (or sinkhole!). 
  • Ignoring historical data: Failing to learn from past project overruns. ‍

**Got the Infrastructure BINGO? **

Don’t despair! This is just a friendly wake-up call. Now’s the time to:

  • Reassess the project scope: Be realistic about what’s achievable with the budget. 
  • Implement a robust change management process: Control those pesky change orders!
  • Prioritise clear communication: Share information openly and collaboratively. ️
  • Conduct thorough risk assessments: Plan for the unexpected! ️
  • Assemble an experienced team: Invest in the right skills and expertise.

Remember, proactive planning and awareness are key to avoiding cost overruns.

**Share your own “telltale signs” in the comments below! **

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