Construction projects include various individual steps and tasks, which can make it difficult to stay on track with your budget and timeline. From the initiation phase to close-out, construction projects are complex and lengthy. Here, the professionals at CCN walk through four tips to make project management simple.
Have A Thorough Understanding of the Project
Setting a foundation for a successful project includes knowing all the specifics. Anticipate and plan for potential hazards, as well as minimize difficulties before they become a problem. As the project progresses, identify milestones that help to keep your team on track. It is also important to identify and provide your crew with any updated building codes or new regulations prior to beginning construction. If a project is well organized and understood from the start, it allows your team to maximize efficiency and profitability.
Develop A Plan
The following are common phases of project management to help your team execute successfully.
Create and analyze the business opportunity to establish if the project is attainable. During the initiation phase, the size and capacity of the project will be determined and a project initiation document should be constructed.
The project team should develop a guide to outline the project schedule and milestones. A project management plan is a professional, authorized document developed by the project manager to direct production and oversight, as well as establish capacity, cost, and timeframe.
Following a launch meeting attended by all stakeholders, the project team will appoint resources, execute project management plans, set up tracking systems, complete tasks, update the project schedule, and, if required, change the project plan.
Evaluate and document the development of the project and any advances or improvements that are being made throughout the timeline. Evaluation and documentation will guarantee that the construction of the project is in line with the plan.
Organize a meeting to examine which aspects of the project were met and any goals or objectives that were not achieved. After, the project team will construct a checklist of any remaining activities, complete a final budget, and deliver a project report.
Communicate with all employees involved in the project. It’s important that everyone is on the same page and that any updates made to the project are communicated to all employees and other contractors involved. Communication on a project or job site can be achieved in a number of ways. Depending on the severity of the updates or changes, you may want to consider an onsite meeting to review changes or you may want to simply send a summary email that loops in all people who are involved. Regardless of communication style, it is important to be quick and clear with any communication from a project management perspective. Small adjustments to scope and timeline can have a large ripple effect over the course of an entire construction project.
Accept and Resolve Obstacles
Unfortunately, obstacles and unforeseen circumstances are unavoidable on most construction projects. It is important that your team is able to adapt to any project or client issues that may interrupt the project timeline or scope. As a project manager, you must be aware of how these setbacks impact other stages of the project so that they do not lead to more issues in the future. It is important that you are quickly updating your project plan and communicating with team members about how to make adjustments accordingly.
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