Despite the intensive planning and vast resources that must come together in order to complete a project, construction businesses are particularly vulnerable to numerous circumstances that can affect their efforts to finish a project on time and within budget. Adequate preparation and pre-prepared business strategies will help them weather both anticipated and unexpected outside influences. Nevertheless, disputes are almost inevitable. Mediating construction disputes that project personnel cannot resolve themselves provides project owners, operators, developers, contractors and subcontractors with the opportunity to direct their own future at the least cost. The chances of having a successful mediation will be enhanced by thorough preparation on each side, selection of a mediator whose style and personality are suited to the dispute, parties whose decision makers are present and willing to listen to the other side's position, consider the down side of not settling, and recognize that any settlement must satisfy the key needs of each side.