1.Communicate Goals Clearly
Successful construction management requires clear communication of project goals among all team members. Clearly communicating the project goal and vision ensure that the entire team is on the same board and well equipped to assist the company’s goals. Keeping everyone properly informed about the project goal makes the project team much more focused on their work. When the project teams are aligned around a common goal, they can easily track their work progress, which supports them to be more productive, encouraged, and motivated. It has been seen that historically projects fail because of communication gaps.
2. Effective Design
The key to project success is an effective and efficient design. Before finalizing the design, all the stakeholders involved should be consulted, and the scope of work should be finalized.
3. Realistic Project Budget
A realistic project budget should be prepared. The project budget depends on the level of design available. If the design is complete, then the final project budget should be prepared. Based on the final design, a competitive RFP process should be in place to get the most competitive proposal.
It is important to select only contractors with past experience to do the job. It is not always necessary that the lowest bidder is the most competitive bidder.
5. Create Efficient Construction Project Plan
A construction plan is a master plan that develops communication protocols, defines work scope, allocates resources, establishes deadlines, and guarantees that the construction project adheres to all project milestones, financial constraints, and quality requirements. An efficient construction plan is significant to keeping the project on schedule and within budget.
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6. Tailor Tracking to Project Risks
Tracking and follow-up should be tailored to all potential project risks for successful construction project management. Risk management is a systematic action of managing and controlling the uncertainties surrounding projects in order to alleviate threats and maximize opportunities. Tailoring project risk management or risk tracking helps in tracking and evaluating the effectiveness of risk mitigation processes against established project risk metrics at all project stages of the project. Tailoring project risk management involves identification, analysis, planning, monitoring, and communicating potential risks.
7. Change Management
The signed contract in place should clearly specify the change management procedure. A clear scope of work with 100 percent designs before the construction starts will reduce the number of change orders issued, thus reducing the probability of cost overrun of the budget.
8. Make safety a priority
Efficient construction project management plays a huge role in the safety, health, and welfare of the public, and as a result, factoring safety in construction is paramount. In effective construction project management, the priority should be the safety and health issues of workers and all other stakeholders while designing a project and managing the construction. Though minimizing the injury rate at the construction site and during the whole life of the construction period is mostly in the hands of all the stakeholders involved in the project, however, the proper planning of construction project management is also vital here. Most of the case studies indicate that minimizing the fatality rate towards zero is a challenging task; however, it is achievable if all the construction methodologies and safety measures are properly maintained.
9. Lead and take everyone with you:
Taking ownership of the project is one of the key aspects of successful construction project management. Stay close to the project team and strengthen their professional and personal relationships. This type of relationship will help instill immense trust in you and motivate and empower them to achieve company goals and enhance the business reputation.
10. Understand How to Get the Best Out of Your Team:
One of the best ways to increase work efficiency and reduce project costs is by bringing out the best in your team. Hire competent project management professionals. Knowing the strengths of each person on the project team and making the most effective use of those skills helps to complete projects on time and within budget and increases the company’s profitability.