With any construction project, the goals may be clear, but getting there is not always simple. These projects can create many headaches for business owners, but a project manager can help to keep things on track. With a clear organizational path, a construction project does not need to be a source of stress. The role has become so important that some companies use internal project managers (IPM). However, hiring an external project manager (EPM) offers a number of advantages. Here are some of the ways that any company can use the relationship with this professional to their advantage.
- Discuss the role. A project manager will manage a wide range of tasks so there should be a contract in place to outline the responsibilities. There are some aspects of the project that you may prefer to manage, and this should be understood from the outset.
- Let the EPM manage decisions. While there will be tasks you are capable of handling, the project manager’s specialist role enables greater understanding of critical decisions. By leaving these important decisions to the EPM, you will ensure that the process flows smoothly.
- Preventing task duplication. Construction projects often generate numerous reports and rely heavily on constant communication. In this type of environment, it is easy for tasks and documents to be duplicated. Streamlining processes and tasks will prevent the kind of duplications that can cause confusion and lead to delays.
- Make sure the EPM can deliver. Some project managers lack the experience to carry out the range of tasks associated with the job. Too often, the company has to supplement the project manager’s efforts. If you want the best work from an EPM, make sure that the individual has the right certification, and is capable of dealing with the project at hand.
- Don’t lose sight of what’s important. While the EPM will have control of the control project, the business owner must consider how it will impact other concerns. These include energy conservation and environmental efforts, overall costs and the long term outlook for the business. A good EPM manager can handle the complexities of the project while being mindful of the business owner’s concerns.
The project manager brings expertise and the ability to inspire and energize teams. While the PM is the leader, the business owner benefits when there is an atmosphere of collaboration. If every team members feels that their contribution is valued, your external project manager will be able to accomplish more.