As a construction project manager, you are responsible for overseeing and supervising a construction project from start to finish. Your primary task is to make sure that the project is delivered on time and budget. And to do this you need to have solid construction project management strategies.
The job of a construction project manager is not as simple as just managing time and budget; you also have to work with the owners, architects, engineers, subcontractors, stakeholders and community members when necessary. And on top of managing the people side of the project, managing materials, scheduling, and equipment also fall firmly on the shoulders of a construction project manager.
Here are the four Construction Project Management Strategie that make our projects a success.
- Plan, plan again and keep planning.
Planning and scheduling is the backbone of any successful construction project. The planning and scheduling never stops on a construction project. You and your team should be prepared to adjust the plan when issues arise.
A construction project manager will coordinate with a team of stakeholders to organise the tasks in the most efficient way possible. But no project plan is perfect. What sets a great project manager apart from the rest is their ability to adjust the plan when the unforeseen arises. Ensure you have the resources required to properly execute your plan and keep your construction project on schedule.
- Continuous Communication
Communication is the foundation of project management. Construction project managers need to be great communicators, both written and verbal. All of your communication should be clear and concise. As part of your overall communication plan, you should identify which communication type matches what you are trying to communicate.
A communication flow that works with every stakeholder from suppliers to project owners will help keep the project on track. A transparent communication approach will support the project moving forward, even when a situation arises. The flow of your communication affects the flow of your construction project.
- Tackle problems promptly
All projects will have unforeseen problems; they will crop up throughout the project. How you manage these problems will impact the overall success of the project. When issues come up, we often go into multitasking mode. However, multitasking is more of a hindrance than a help; it can often lead to mistakes, errors in judgement, or create even more significant problems.
Prioritise the problems in a way that makes sense for the project. Ensure that you work with your project team to address the issue promptly and avoid any downtime or delays.
- Automate and delegate
Time is not infinite. You need to manage your time wisely. As a construction project manager, you don’t have time to respond to all the emails, phone calls and meetings that come up in a day. Delegate what you can to the project team where you can. And automate as much as you can.
Collaboration tools can make a huge difference in managing a project, to help track tasks and automate areas of the project that don’t require your continuous input.
We hope our construction project management strategies help you with your next construction project.
At Chancery Group, we believe in working hard to make progress in the most cost-effective manner rather than working hard to fix expensive, preventable mistakes. Our team specialises in Chartered Quantity Surveying, Cost Consulting Services, Construction Project Management Services, Project Management Surveying and Chartered Engineering Services.
We provide these services across the Republic of Ireland to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors, including developers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, government agencies, religious orders, court services and commercial enterprises. To find out more about our services, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 057 935230.