Most construction projects involve large teams, multiple stakeholders and lengthy timelines, which makes project management a challenge. Keeping on top of subcontractors, timeframes, materials, and admin can be overwhelming at times.
Here are our 6 tips for making project management easy.
Know all the details
Just like any building, you start with the groundwork. Knowing all the details and fact-checking the details is how you lay the groundwork for a successful project.
Having a detailed assessment of the project means that you can predict and plan for any risks that might crop up throughout the project and be ready for issues when they arise.
Outline any milestones that you can track along the project’s timeline and identify what success looks like for each milestone. Ensure you know what the lead times for all materials are before the job starts.
Develop a solid plan
Create a clear and actionable project plan based on the five traditional phases of project management: initiation, planning, launch, performance, and closure.
Outline the milestones and deliverables for each phase of the project. When each phase of the project is complete, evaluate the phase so you can identify any pitfalls and prepare the next phase for success.
Be in constant communication
Every good project manager must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with people at every level of the project. There are many stakeholders involved in every build; they will need to be kept informed of every development.
A good construction project manager can stay in touch with every person involved in the project. They work closely with those on the ground to get updates on what is happening or to break down information into manageable tasks and delegate out appropriately.
Collaborate with the team
Collaboration is all about listening to what your team and your stakeholders have to say. Talk to them about new ideas or issues and seek their advice when appropriate. A big part of collaboration is both giving and receiving feedback. Your team will have strengths and weaknesses, delegate to your team based on their experience and skills so that you leverage the best resources for the right tasks.
Being organised is the best way to manage setbacks and issues that pop up. Keep track of project deliverables, subcontractors, timelines and tasks. Staying organised will enable you to make adjustments to your plan and keep the project on track.
Deal with the changes
Setbacks are inevitable on almost every construction job, and they need to be managed as soon as they occur to keep the project on track. The design, pre-construction, and procurement phases of a construction project all require extensive planning. Each phase may need to be revised before the next phase can start.
The key to success is adapting and adjusting to the changes as soon as possible, or you could face an unhappy project owner, loss of profit, and maybe even delays on starting future projects.
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