Five Habits of a Successful Construction Project Manager
Selecting the right Construction Project Manager for your construction plan can save you time, energy and money. You want to find someone with extensive experience, who understands your vision, and will work with you to create the best outcome. To ensure each responsibility is met, we have compiled a few key attributes and behaviors of highly effective Construction Project Managers.
Define Goals and Solutions
Every successful Construction Project Manager is aware that not every project is the same. Before the start of a project, clearly define the goals and requirements. It is important that all team members work in unison to achieve the common goal. In order to avoid delays and frustration, considering alternative solutions is critical for a successful outcome.
Understand the Costs
Permits, wages, materials, and equipment needed for projects are often exchanged between an array of financial sources and vendors. Construction Project Managers are responsible for tracking and monitoring all costs from the initial bidding process to the project closeout. Being profitable requires a keen awareness of the costs from start to finish. The most successful project managers understand the necessary financial factors and take steps to control.
The design, pre-construction, and procurement stages of a construction project require extensive planning, and each may need to be revised as the next stage unfolds. An effective Construction Project Manager should start planning long before actual construction begins, and continuously revise and develop the plan until completion. To ensure success throughout the project, it is important to familiarize yourself with both the construction site and duties of each professional included.
Time and Task Management
Managing time is about being organized and prioritizing important tasks. As construction projects begin to get more complex, it is essential to have a clearly structured task plan and schedule. When prioritizing tasks, make sure to factor in eventual dependencies. According to The Construction Management Association of America, Construction Project Managers average around 120 responsibilities, which means they need to be strategic and thoughtful about working in an environment impacted by constant change. For some projects, that may mean being on site each day, controlling costs, or managing a new team of contractors. Recognizing the time management component is essential considering each project will present different management needs.
Negotiation and Delegating Skills
Construction Project Managers must have the ability to negotiate effectively when working with customers, suppliers, subcontractors, vendors and their own team. Familiarize yourself with the proposal requirements in order to convince others that your proposed path of action is best. Delegation is also an essential tool for completing a project on time and within budget. Know early on when to outsource work you do not have time or energy to focus on, or don’t feel confident in executing.
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