As we enter one of the busiest times of the year for both Independent Project Analysis (IPA) and our clients, I’m always thinking about ways to make site benchmarkings
easier and more value-adding. One of the things I’m currently working on is taking a fresh look at our workbooks and determining which questions can be eliminated. I don’t think I need to convince you why this is helpful - shortening the workbooks reduces your preparation time, and allows the interview to focus on the most critical issues.
Of course, being an IPA manager, I’m taking a data-driven approach to this exercise. I will be looking through our database and identifying questions that are never answered or show no variability in the responses – these are the most likely candidates to be dropped because they are either not relevant for small projects or there is no basis for comparing and researching different approaches.
However, I’m also interested in hearing YOUR opinion. What question (or questions) would YOU remove from the IPA site benchmarking workbooks? If you’ve been through a site benchmarking exercise multiple times or even just once, I bet you can easily recall the questions that gave you the most grief. Now is your chance to share that feedback with IPA, and maybe see a change in the workbooks for your next benchmarking.
Keep in mind, I’m not just interested in cutting stuff out, but also in focusing our efforts on what matters to you, so you can also let me know if there are questions you would want to add. Is there something our workbooks don’t ask about that you think is vital for small projects?