A construction project juggles many variables and requires discipline and tight management. It brings together various teams that have specific goals aimed at bringing the project to fruition. A project manager requires a high level of competence and good communication skills. To ensure the success of your construction project you should be aware of characteristics that can be detrimental to the process.
- Poor management of control books. This is an essential component of covering all aspects of a project. The project manager uses it to monitor all the teams and processes, maintain the schedule an control costs. If the information is inaccurate or not up-to-date, this can have far-reaching implications for the project and stakeholders as well.
- Lack of conflict resolution. Conflict is almost inevitable when many individuals with different tasks and ideas are involved. Part of the project manager’s role is to intercede when necessary and help parties to reach an understanding. Otherwise, there will be costly setbacks that affect not only the completion date but the budget as well.
- Weak communication. Managing the information that is generated daily by the teams and stakeholders is part of the role of the project manager. This professional should have a clear understanding of which stakeholders are entitled to receive various types of information. It is also important to know what is vital and how to deliver information in a timely manner.
- Ignoring stakeholders. Effective project management involves dividing focus between stakeholders, the team and sponsors. An ineffective project manager may be overly pressured by the stakeholder’s role in evaluating performance. The project will suffer if the project manager fails to give enough attention to other areas and individuals.
- Lack of attention to risk management. Sound risk management practices help in identifying and meeting project objectives. A project manager who has difficulty explaining these ideas to the team and the stakeholders will face major challenges. Risk management is vital for monitoring finances, protecting assets and ensuring timely completion of the project. Ignoring these practices could lead to costly mistakes.
Regardless of the scope, construction projects involve coordinating a range of resources. Stakeholders and team members should be assured of the project manager’s competence and adherence to best practices for success. Ineffective practices can impact safety, harm the company’s reputation and cause significant losses.