B4 Boots

In a recent Job Preparedness Survey, we asked our field foremen, “How often do you feel you have everything you need before you start a new project?” The response: 63% of the time, they felt well prepared. Which means 37% of the time, we weren’t giving them what they needed.

In response, a team of Cochran field leaders, project managers, and managers developed a tool to get new projects started right. Based on Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, the B4 Boots program revolves around a seven-question checklist covering critical items for proper job starts, such as permits, scope of work, relevant contacts, and PPE. It empowers field leaders to say, “I can’t start work, because I don’t have what I need to do it right.” And it gives project managers a guide for getting new jobs off on the right foot.

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