Construction project management varies from other types of project management in a few different ways. We all know that initiation, planning, execution, performance, and monitoring are vital parts of successfully managing a construction project. We also must assess risk and take action when we see people being careless or cutting corners. Here’s a previous blog about the benefits of hiring a construction manager for your next project.
The construction project manager has a lot on their plate from project to project. Some projects may require less time, but be just as stressful as a large project that requires months to complete. Having the correct tools and knowing the best ways to do your job is what sets you apart from other project managers. So here are 5 tips from successful construction project managers.
Communication is important. We all know that; but what’s just as important is the flow of communication. A solid flow of communication needs to be in place for when a problem arises – and we know it will at some point. A strong communication flow makes sure you don’t receive 20 phone calls and emails from 20 different people when something important happens.
Continue to Plan
Plan every step of the project, and then plan your plans. Don’t stop planning for the entire duration of the project. Make changes as necessary as you notice things could be done differently or more efficiently. Don’t jeopardize the project in any way, but revise plans as necessary or as you see fit.
Be Observant and Question Everything
Watch everything, every day. You will be able to make better calls based on true information if you’re there and you see what’s going on. Sometimes you just have to see a problem in action before you can implement a corrective course of action. Ask questions when things don’t make sense and make note of the answers so you don’t forget.
Use Cloud Based Monitoring Tools
You are responsible for keeping the project on schedule and on budget. That means proper communication and planning are mandatory. Another thing that should be mandatory is a cloud based management tool. The ability to store information and milestones in the cloud allows certain people to see certain stuff throughout the duration of the project. This ensures that everyone is updated simultaneously every step of the way.
Automate where You Can
Job automation for construction project managers is still a long way off. But we can automate certain aspects of the job to make it easier. We can automate status reports, spreadsheets, and other reporting systems for convenience. This allows you to make changes or updates and have them delivered to others on the team at a set time.