| Ways to Improve Project Management Efficiency|
|Being a project manager over any task, large or small, can end up being a big job. There are many different things that need to be planned and organized, not to mention something always seem to go wrong or slows progress. The following are a few ideas that can help eliminate the "hiccups" that can easily knock you off track towards finishing your end project on time:|
Set your expectations high and make sure your construction crew is well aware of what you expect out of them. Often times construction workers don't have the best reputation of being reliable. When it comes to getting projects done on time, reliability in a crew is one of the most important things you can have. By setting your standards high and making your expectations and deadlines clear, you can be sure that your crew will be hard-working and that if they don't meet expectations then they understand they can easily be replaced. This will ensure that no slackers get to hang on and slow the rest of the crew down.
Don't take on more than you can handle. While it's always good to stretch yourself, it is also important to be realistic with the projects you take on. If you bite off more than you can chew, you'll find that things won't get done on time if you had been a little more modest and not taken on too much. This also ensures that your work is done right, rather than fast and will help you maintain your strong reputation of excellent work.
Weather always seems to keep projects from being completed on time. Whether it is freezing conditions, a heavy storm, or even high winds, weather can be one of the biggest roadblocks when it comes to successfully managing projects. However, there are a few precautionary items you can do prior to the onset of bad weather that can help you avoid being setback even further. For example, heavy rain storms often leave behind a huge buildup of debris and often flooding. This can take a long time to clean up and your project can suffer. By taking sediment control measures prior to a big storm, you can ensure that drains don't get backed up with debris and flooding doesn't occur making coming back to the job site an easier task.
Try to make a habit of under-promising as to increase your chances of over-delivering. If you think a project will take 6 months to complete, give your prospective clients an estimate of 7-8 months. This can provide a nice time cushion so you can easily make deadlines, while also giving you a good chance to over-deliver results by finishing earlier than anticipated.