written by
Sean Thomas

Project Management Tips for Managers in the Construction Industry

Project Management 4 min read

Construction project managers have a lot on their plates. They are tasked with overseeing projects from start to finish and have to find the best way to take projects to their natural completion in due time.

Project managers overseeing complex construction projects are tasked with ensuring the success of construction plans and making sure that the delivery is made on time without exceeding the initial budget. While specific job duties differ from industry to industry, construction project managers, in general, work with the owners, engineers and architects, hire contractors, oversee the budget, procure materials and equipment, and schedule the maximum time frame.

Successful construction project managers should always have their eyes on the big picture of the project and should ensure that the work is completed within the required time frame. The end product delivered to clients is expected to conform with all safety regulations and building codes for appropriate results.

In this article, we take a look at some of the tips and directions construction project managers can follow in the construction industry. Follow these tips to ensure the perfect experience.

Plan and Schedule

If you want your next project to be successful, you should spend a significant amount of time planning and scheduling for it. Planning and scheduling matter in the long run. Carefully sit down and review the specifications and plan of the project to understand the scope of the overall work. Once you understand the scope, you should sit down with your project team to organize and coordinate the tasks in the most efficient and logical manner possible.

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Make sure that you complement your scheduling and planning processes with an appropriate understanding of your resources. Your resources should be enough to help you execute the plans you have made and also help you keep your project on schedule for the long run.

A typical project plan should include manpower, materials, equipment, and tools required for the job. You should work with your subcontractors and suppliers to ensure that all deadlines and reviews are realistic in nature. You should be prepared and ready for minor adjustments within your overall plans. Find the right mix between rigidity and flexibility for the right results.

Learn to Communicate

Being able to communicate effectively is by far one of the most important skills for construction project managers to learn and implement today. A good construction project manager should be good at both written and verbal forms of communication. All communication should be managed in a concise manner so that it is clear to all stakeholders.

Sometimes, all you need to send is a quick email to get things running. On the other hand, you may also often need to make a call or host a physical meeting with employees.

Establish a clear communication plan to determine the exact nature of communication that you plan to use within your dealings. You should also clear away all barriers to communication because communication is two-way and best developed on those grounds.

The flow of communication plays a direct role in influencing the flow of a construction project. Do not let problems and delays deter your progress. Effective communication ensures that things go smoothly, even during hardships and complications.

Tackle One Problem at a Time

Regardless of whether you are managing a single construction project or overseeing multiple projects, you shouldn’t be bogged down with everything that requires your attention. Do not try to do everything at once. Multitasking isn’t something that construction managers can master, especially with the amount of workload on their shoulders.

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Instead of multitasking, you should look to prioritize problems in a way that makes sense to you. Some may find it easier to tackle the small errors first and then focus on the bigger issues. While others may decide to take on the serious issues first and then move their attention towards other errors.

Spend time with your project team and the workers working on it to ensure that your plan is in action and nothing is left to inference. Workers should have clear objectives, in line with what you have decided for the project as a whole.

Manage Time Wisely

Time management is an important skill to have for managers today. Construction project managers may see themselves being pulled in all directions during the course of their project. Project managers are involved in all vital decisions and have to make sure they prioritize their day and routine in such a way that they don’t end up missing out on the important parts.

As part of your time management practices, you should learn to delegate tasks to others and also realize when you can trust them. The right people on your team will deliver appropriate results without the need for micromanagement.

Learn from Mistakes

We all make mistakes during our time as project managers and employees in general. There is always room for improvement, so if you have made a mistake or feel like certain processes can be improved, enact on them and implement the changes.

Discuss all the problems that came up during the project, and what can be done to solve them. Recognize the ways you could have followed to achieve better outcomes. Talk about these techniques with your subordinates and the people under you to recognize the importance of good execution.

If you aren’t able to meet micro objectives in time, make sure that you also recognize and implement changes that will be needed for improvements in the future.

Construction project managers are always under the pump as far as deadlines and specifications are concerned. However, the tips above will help give them a defined path towards project completion and success.