5 Steps to Easy Project Planning for Construction
Don’t fall victim to chaos when it comes to your project planning for construction. We all know the story too well. A project is coming up and there are so many pieces that it’s hard to keep track of everything going on.
It doesn’t have to be chaotic or stressful. Instead, you can orchestrate a well-oiled machine for your next construction project.
Learn how with these 5 tips for easy project planning for construction:
Everyone on your team has a unique skill set. Use this to your advantage. Too often in the workplace, executives tell team members the plan after the fact. Bringing them in earlier in the process allows them to give productive input. For example, if you have multiple people from all different departments on the job site, they will be able to give you a more realistic time frame for what needs to get done.
Not sure how long it will take carpentry to complete their part? What about the electricians? Not only will this give your team more ownership of their roles, it will allow you to give your client a more accurate time estimate.
2. Hold Accountable
Once your team meets and discusses the best course of action for your project, it’s time to assign roles and then hold staff accountable.
Create a flow chart or some other form of organized information that will show what needs completed, by who and when.
A chart creates order throughout the entire process. Additionally, make sure that each member of the team signs off when they complete each task. The process is only as good as the participation from all those involved, from beginning to end.
3. Streamline Processes
Once you start working, you may find that there are steps you thought were necessary, but are not. Take the time to streamline processes when applicable.
For each part of the business, zero in on needed steps and which are redundant. Identifying these areas will help move your business along and the keep the project on schedule.
4. Stay Up-to-Date
Every day on the job site should be one more day toward your end goal. Keeping project completion in the back of your mind, will keep the whole team on track. You have the schedule and the tools to succeed, you just need to use them. Because you brought in your whole team early on in the construction process, you time estimates are more accurate.
Continue using your organizational chart and oversee task completion. Follow up promptly with areas that lag behind their projected schedule. See what it holding up the project and if there’s anything you can do to help catch it back up.
5. Stick to the Schedule
While these five steps can keep you on track, it’s easy to allow things to arise and get thrown off course. That’s why Step 5 is the most important. Stick to your schedule and everyone will be happy. Your client will appreciate the commitment to your initial time frame, you’ll have engaged employees and you will be able to seamlessly manage the construction project.
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