- Even on good days, and even to the best contractors, managing a project can seem like a juggling act amidst a three ring circus. It needn’t be. To give your construction business a competitive edge, effective management is key. How can you assure yourself and your client that the job will be done right? Your project needs proper management. Here are the top 5 tips that make great construction management great.
- Define project goals. This cannot be stressed enough. Have a clear outline listing the specific objectives required from the project. Without this crucial first step, moving ahead would be futile. Create a chart with the different teams that clearly defines the duties and responsibilities of each team.
- Plan, planning, planned. You know the old saying; “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Truer words were never spoken. Detailed planning is a critical element of any project. A great way to get a clearer picture of the project is to lay out a plan from beginning to end. While everything is not guaranteed to go “as planned,” nothing will go as planned if you don’t have one.
- Identify tasks that are high priority. There is always more than one thing going on at a time, so by identifying and focusing on the tasks that need to be done first, or perhaps require more oversight or time, you can rest assured that these tasks will be finished by the projected deadline.
Getting deliverables on time. In terms of managing a construction project, one of the major responsibilities is to make certain the team has materials on site without any undue delays. Try breaking down a complex process into a series of simple steps, by doing so you can more clearly evaluate the pace of your project.
- Successful team coordination. There is no “I” in team. Every crew member is part of your team. It is important to have the cohesiveness of a team. Find what roles fit best for an employee, taking into consideration his knowledge and skills. Team members who know their job and the jobs of their other team members, will lead to better coordination.