There is more to construction project management than site management pulling out a project schedule/programme for the team to follow. It also involves frustrations and challenges, more especially when you look at managing budgets, what may seem like ever changing schedules, and meeting tight deadlines whilst keeping in mind your client/stakeholder requirements. To reach a goal of having one of the most successful projects, to a great extent, it will depend on how you strategise your plans. With that being said, here are some tips that will help you to be effective in how you carry out your construction project management strategies.
Communication Is Important
As a project manager, you take on the responsibility to handle a large team of employees who also are an integral part of the process of executing project plans. To effectively manage your team, it is key to always maintain open communication with the team and project stakeholders.
Keeping open communication allows you to establish good working relationships with the project team and gets the team to work hand-in-hand, collaboratively, more effectively with you. When team members are not hesitant to communicate with you, you are more able to solve issues immediately and even prevent problems before they even occur.
Involve the Stakeholders
You should not leave the stakeholders in the dark with what is happening on your project. If changes need to be implemented in the project, see to it that the relevant stakeholders are well-aware of the planned changes. One example is when there are planned changes to the construction schedule or date of completion due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
Read and Understand the Project Contract Documents
As in any type of legal agreement you would get into, it is very important to read and understand all clauses in the contract. Make sure you understand your roles and responsibilities on the project and seek advice from a construction contracts specialist if there are any clauses unclear to you in the construction contract. The construction contract is a legal document, and everything stipulated in that contract/agreement bears great responsibility for you and the organisation you represent. Therefore, you have to be extra careful and pay attention to details as you sign the contract documents and celebrate an award.
Follow the Project Schedule
Keep in mind that the schedule was developed at pre-construction phase. Stay on track with the approved planned schedule as much as possible to avoid the consequences of falling behind, which can result in. penalties, loss of revenue due to late handover of the facility, loss of trust from your clients and from the project stakeholders etc. Protect the critical path of the approved schedule and where deviations are unavoidable, communicate with your client and mitigate threats to your handover date as best as you can. While the ideal situation is not to have challenges or hindrances during construction, unfortunately some things are just unavoidable. When this happens, make sure to do the necessary documentation and inform the stakeholders. Not only that, it’s important to keep records and have all relevant documents for all the activities involved in the construction project, including additional expenses and instructions for changes to the contractual scope of work if any. Remember not to follow any verbal instructions from your client that will time and cost effects on your project, it must be written down as a site instruction.
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