6 Steps to Manage Construction Execution Effectively
With our experience in construction project management, we understand that executing a project successfully can be challenging. Each project is unique and comes with its own complexities.
From managing the key players involved in a construction project to ensuring timely delivery within budget and deadline, there are many factors to consider.
In this article, we discuss the six steps we take to ensure successful construction project execution, without getting bogged down in technical jargon.
Step #1: Establish clear project goals
It is crucial to establish clear project goals that are understood by all stakeholders. This includes:
Setting project objectives
Defining project scope
Establishing project timelines
Defining the project budget
Defining clear goals allows us to ensure that all stakeholders are working towards common objectives, and provides the basis for a roadmap to guide us through the execution phase.
Step 2: Build a strong project team
The second step is to build a strong project team. A strong and cohesive team is essential to ensuring that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to a high level of quality.
We must identify the key roles, and detail who is responsible for what. It’s wise to strive for diversity within the project team. This enables different perspectives and experiences to be brought to the table.
Step #3: Plan, plan, plan
Proper planning prevents poor performance. In construction, we must create a project plan, develop a project schedule, create contingency plans, and identify and manage project risks.
Detailed planning allows us to identify potential obstacles to the successful completion of the project and develop solutions to control and manage them before small issues become big problems.
Step #4: Monitor and control progress
The fourth step is to monitor and control project progress. You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
This step involves tracking progress, measuring performance, monitoring quality, and controlling costs. Once more, this is essential to keeping the project on track, including identifying issues early so they can be managed effectively. The sooner we are able to take corrective action, the less the impact of any unforeseen events will be.
Step #5: Communicate effectively
It’s crucial that all those involved in the execution of a project communicate effectively. To enable this, we must pay attention to setting up suitable communication channels so that we can:
Communicate project status updates
Manage stakeholder expectations
Address project issues in a timely manner
Effective communication helps to keep everyone on the same page and progressing toward common objectives.
Step #6: Embrace technology
Construction technology allows us to do all the above more effectively and efficiently. By leveraging construction technology and adopting digital collaboration tools, we can streamline processes and project management duties, helping us to maintain more effective control of this entire phase.
The Bottom Line
To deliver successful construction projects, we need a combination of planning, communication, team expertise, and tools. When we follow the steps above, we can ensure that we execute effectively to deliver construction projects on time, within budget, and to the expected level of quality.
In short, by setting clear goals, building a strong team, planning ahead, monitoring progress, communicating effectively, and embracing technology, we can achieve success in the execution phase of construction projects.
At ACB Consulting, we are committed to helping improve the communities in which we live, work, and play – including how they are conceived, designed and created. To leverage our experience in successful construction project management, contact ACB Consulting.