When things don’t go according to plan, the results of poor construction management are severe. In this SBGP Blog we will explore how to become more adaptable in your planning, prioritize risk management, and establish and maintain efficient communication channels from the start.

1: Keep planning throughout the project.

It’s tempting for every project manager to create a precise plan at the start of a project and refuse to modify it until necessary. However, in the real world, things don’t always go as planned, and being open to adjusting components of the plan—or even planning as you go—can be advantageous.
By continuing to prepare throughout the project, home builders can keep a close eye on scope creep and keep hazards under control. It also allows you to cope with any difficulties that develop fast since your strategy is flexible enough to react to the scenario.

2: Ask Everyone Involved in the Project Questions

Take the time to consider both the large picture and the details, and ask questions of persons in different positions within the firm. Speak with the architect or designer for the project so you understand their concerns. Ask construction employees whether they believe the workplace is safe and satisfies their requirements.
Communication is crucial to the success of a project, but this does not entail depending just on dull reporting; project management is, at its core, a people-focused enterprise, and having everyone working toward the same objective is critical. If you ask them what they need and desire, their worries, and where they are, you may get a clear picture of any difficulties or barriers… and make everyone feel as though they are being heard.

3: Risk Management

Too frequently, project managers describe risk assessment as a hard-to-read worksheet crammed with business jargon that stays in a drawer and is seldom looked to. The spreadsheet is rarely updated and is only actually examined at business meetings, leading eyes to glaze over as they scan the columns of data with little context.
However, risk management is critical to the success and longevity of a project. Using a more dynamic (or “living”) document to identify and manage risks enables concerns to be discovered more readily and explicitly, and it keeps employees aware of possible hazards down the line.
The specifics of hazards become a critical tool during milestone planning for a building project to ensure you build adequate buffers. For example, you may set up warnings for certain dangers in an automatic reporting system so that everyone who needs to know is alerted. Get out of the spreadsheet mindset and make risks visible to all stakeholders so they may feel ownership and accountability.

4: Maintain Consistent Communication

As previously said, communication is critical to project success. It is made significantly simpler when everyone is on the same page, regardless of their position in the chain of command. Many initiatives fail due to requirements ambiguities or misalignment of expectations. So keep everyone up to speed on project progress and tell them they can come to you with any problems.
Keeping a close check on the usage of any jargon that may come up in your vocabulary is a critical element of this concept. Analysts and project managers are effective interpreters for every part of the organization; what is common lingo in your management team may mean nothing to the folks on the ground performing the actual job.
As a result, it is your responsibility to ensure that any correspondence is:
  • Sent to the appropriate audience
  • Tailor-made for that audience
  • Provides sufficient information without overwhelming the audience.
Investing effort in developing a communication strategy that identifies all stakeholders and the intended level of communication can save you a lot of trouble once the project is underway. This is when asking questions may assist you in understanding the specific issues of everyone concerned.