John Scott, chief of the Glasgow 2014 Games organising committee, aiming for young dynamic event rooted in the country's heritage
Arriving in the Indian city of Pune three days before the Commonwealth Youth Games were due to start there appeared to be some last minute snagging problems.
Indeed John Scott, chief executive of the Glasgow 2014 organising committee, noticed the road surface leading to the athlete's village had still to be laid.
He said: "But the next day it was done. They just worked through the night with literally hundreds of workmen.
"It is very different to how we develop stuff here." While Scott has no intention of employing large teams of Glaswegians to get building work done in the blink of an eye, he does want to learn lessons from Pune, the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics.
Work is ongoing to place staff from Glasgow into Delhi to give them live experience of a Games environment and dialogue with London takes place on a regular basis.
But Scott is determined the Scottish event will stand out in its own right.
Sitting in the Glasgow 2014 office, which overlooks George Square, he said: "The starting point has to be Scotland putting on a high quality Games.
"We are not using the phrase 'The best ever' as who are we to make that judgment?
"We want to put on a Games Scotland can be proud of and makes the best of what we have to offer."
With athletes, coaches, delegates and fans from 71 countries there certainly won't be a shortage of interest in the so called friendly games. Part of the handover process from Delhi involves a 10-minute showcase to sell Scotland to the world with discussions around how to present this having already begun.
Scott said: "I went to a very interesting day with 60 or 70 of the cultural groups from across Scotland and I was quite struck by the wide variation of views.
"On one side of the stage they had must not do and the other was must do. Unfortunately the two replicated each. Must have kilts, mustn't have kilts, must have shortbread, mustn't have shortbread.
"It is a fascinating challenge. I think it needs to be young and dynamic but rooted in Scottish heritage.
"It must show this is a youthful dynamic forward looking country and you are going to have a great time when you come here." However, it is not just the big decisions which are occupying Scott at the moment.
Currently he is trying to scale up the organising committee from start-up to fully functioning body.
He said: "We are still building the team. I think a lot of people don't realise the amount of procedural stuff you have to do as a company.
"There are statutory obligations we have and if we get them wrong we are in a right mess.
"As a publicly funded organisation we can't afford to do that. I have to make sure we have health and safety, HR policies, recruitment procedures in place and it is hard work. There is a huge expectation on the OC to do all sorts of things and we just don't have the capacity.
We are still five and a half years out. There is a lot of stuff you don't want to do too early as you may have to repeat it or worse still get it wrong. If you think about something like technology that is evolving very quickly.
"We are obviously keeping a close eye on what is happening in London and will learn lessons from them rather than do things unnecessarily early." The groundwork for some of the major tasks has already been laid.
And Scott has been impressed by the willingness of different organisations to work in partnership.
He said: "We are working with Glasgow City Council on all the venues. We are starting to do work at a fairly high level on some of the overlays which will be required for the temporary fit outs. We are in a very different economic situation now than from when the bid was conceived in 2005/06. Many of the assumptions underpinning the bid need review."
Part of that review will be looking at the budget, of s375million, which has been set aside to deliver Glasgow 2014. Scott said: "My intention is to be very, very tight on budget but we also have to be realistic so tha involves some detailed investigation of the funding.
"Any budget is a living thing. No budget is a finite thing and anybody who tells you that is talking rubbish It evolves through circumstance. What you try to do manage the risk of that budget but there will always be things which come out which are not anticipated."
A rebranding of the 2014 Games with a new logo is another area where things are moving forward. Scott feels strongly this is crucial to attract the s25m of sponsorship which needs to be raised.
He said: "People always say why do you need a new one especially when we have got something as recognisable as the logo we have.
"That is true but at bid stage you are very prepared t let the brand become diluted because you want people to support it.When we go out and start selling sponsor ship we have got to offer something which has rea cachet and uniqueness and has not been diluted."
An idea Scott admits is under consideration is one sponsor for the entire event.He said: "There is no reason why you couldn't have a single sponsor for the Games.
"They would have to be prepared to pay for that privilege but that is something which is quite feasible and not unreasonable to think about in this day and age.
"My belief is come 2014 we are going to be bouncing out of this recession.
"The Commonwealth Games is a very unique and eclectic mix of sports and countries.
"One of the great strengths of the Commonwealth Games is everyone who comes speaks English so you have a great communication and marketing opportunity.
"They are a great product to be associated with." Many of the venues in Glasgow are already in place with funding for new arenas also secured.
Scott believes this has been fortunate at a time when the economy has plummeted. He said:"There are challenges in overlaying the existing venues but the basic capital build is in place.
"The capital build we are doing is not insignificant.
The national indoor sports arena, velodrome, SECC entertainments arena and new swimming pool.
"These are big venues but the good thing was the investment for them was all in place at the time of the bid.We have not had to go cap in hand.
"The uniqueness of the offering here in Glasgow still makes it, even in these tough economic times, a pretty attractive proposition.
"The land is being provided, it is being remediated, a third are being taken for social housing, there is a 120 bed care home going in which is being paid for out of the public purse." As with any major event there will be opportunities for local businesses to participate. However, Scott cannot afford to show favouritism towards Scottish companies.
He said: "Businesses have to give us the assurance they can do what they say they will.
"The opening ceremony will take place on July 23.
We cannot move the date and cannot afford for things not to be right or for a failure in supply of the programmes.
This is a drop dead event.
"So quality assurance and quality of supply is fundamental to the procurement we do.
"We are working with Glasgow City Council, Scottish Government on the procurement portals so business can see what is coming down the line so they can preregister and qualify.
"People have to be aware there will be no favours.
Scottish business has to compete in this European wide procurement but that is about being the best."
There is also the issue of finding and mobilising 15,000 volunteers to do jobs from driving and envelope stuffing to minding dignitaries.
Part of the process will be to involve disadvantaged communities from around the city.
Scott said: "The nature of volunteering is evolving particularly around security and you have to have the proper screening. So what that means is you advance the planning a bit. We need a range of skill sets but there is something there for a range of people.
"Rightly we are trying to engage with some of the disadvantaged communities but they are going to have to go through some pre-volunteer training.
"We need the raw material but it has to be fit for purpose." Overall there are three areas Scott wants 2014 to be remembered for.
He said: "I would love to see a successful Scottish team. Let's not lose sight of the fact the reason we are doing this is so we can celebrate Scottish success.
"This is a stepping stone I hope for Scotland to take a bigger place on the international sporting stage.
"Number two will be the sort of response we are getting from those who come to the Games. What they have seen, what they have learnt about Glasgow and Scotland.
"The other one, which will be the toughest, is what is the lasting legacy? What did we get out of the Games? What did we manage to achieve a step change with?"