IPD is a relatively new project delivery model that contractually incentivizes the companies involved in the project to collaborate with each other as well as the owner to inject the most value possible into a project. All of the team partners share a proportionally equal risk and reward so that we all succeed or fail as a team. This method encourages all of the team members to work collaboratively together and to make decisions based on how they add value to the project rather than how it can benefit individual companies or the owner.
Because we all need to work together to be successful, this generates amazing relationships and inventive solutions to problems that would otherwise be “someone else’s problem” which ultimately ends up costing the owner more. IPD environments are great for leveraging LEAN principles because everyone involved is committed to a successful outcome. Many of our lean initiatives have come from IPD project people and have been executed on them.