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Ten Rules for Construction Project Managers

23Are you a project manager or going to manage your projects?

These ten rules will help improve your construction projects. Are these ten rules the top ten? It is up to your decide, but not take too long. Share these rules with your team. Your team members are sure to help you carry them out.

1. Adopt practices for exploring a variety of perspectives.
We think we see what we see, but we don’t. We really see what we think. Remember the blind men and the elephant. Make it your habit to inquire what others see. You’ll see more together.

2. Stay close to your customer.
Clients’ concerns evolve over the life of a project. Take advantage of that to over-deliver. Stay in a conversation with your client to adjust what you are doing.

3. Take care of your project team.
We’ve come to accept that the customer comes first the customer is always right. We can’t take care of the customer if we first aren’t taking care of our project team. It’s a challenge. While there are some things we can do for the whole team, it comes down to taking care of each team member as the individual that he or she is. And to make it more difficult, then we must bring their various interests into coherence.

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May 29, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | 1 Comment

Reducing Your Cost of Quality

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How high is your cost of quality? The answer might surprise you. Yes, it includes reviews, the QA infrastructure, and preparing tests, those are your ‘Appraisal Costs’. But how high are your ‘Failure Costs’ the cost of defects?

Your engineers spend time in diagnosis and rework, development schedules slip, support costs climb, and your company’s and products’ reputations sink. These failure costs, which are the more significant cost of quality, are beyond your direct control. But you can gain control over them indirectly, by investing in appraisal costs that minimise failure costs, reducing your total cost of quality and making it more predictable.

Cost of Quality: Appraisal vs. Failure Costs

The cost of quality is a significant cost on any project, so prudent managers look for ways to keep those costs in check. The quality costs we can control are things like performing reviews, preparing tests, and maintaining our QA infrastructure; appraisal costs. But there are also the quality costs we cannot control.

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May 26, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | Leave a comment

Construction Planning in Construction Project !

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The development of a construction plan is very much analogous to the development of a good facility design. The planner must weigh the costs and reliability of different options while at the same time insuring technical feasibility. Construction planning is more difficult in some ways since the building process is dynamic as the site and the physical facility change over time as construction proceeds. On the other hand, construction operations tend to be fairly standard from one project to another, whereas structural or foundation details might differ considerably from one facility to another.

Forming a good construction plan is an exceptionally challenging problem. There are numerous possible plans available for any given project. While past experience is a good guide to construction planning, each project is likely to have special problems or opportunities that may require considerable ingenuity and creativity to overcome or exploit. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to provide direct guidance concerning general procedures or strategies to form good plans in all circumstances. There are some recommendations or issues that can be addressed to describe the characteristics of good plans, but this does not necessarily tell a planner how to discover a good plan. However, as in the design process, strategies of decomposition in which planning is divided into subproblems and hierarchical planning in which general activities are repeatably subdivided into more specific tasks can be readily adopted in many cases.

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May 26, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | Leave a comment

The Role of the Project Manager

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A project manager is that the one who has the responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. the duty title is employed in construction, petrochemical, design, data technology and lots of totally different industries that manufacture merchandise and services.
The project manager should have a mix of skills as well as a capability to raise penetrating queries, detect unstated assumptions and resolve conflicts, also as additional general management skills.
Key among his or her duties is that the recognition that risk directly impacts the chance of success which this risk should be each formally and informally measured throughout the lifetime of the project.
Risks arise from uncertainty, and also the successful project manager is that the one who focuses on this because the main concern. Most of the problems that impact a project arise in one-way or another from risk. a decent project manager will reduce risk considerably, usually by adhering to a policy of open communication, making certain each important participant has a chance to precise opinions and considerations.

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | Leave a comment

Top Ten Qualities of a Project Manager

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What qualities are most vital for a project manager to be effective? Over the past few years, the folks at ESI International, world leaders in Project Management coaching, have looked in to what makes a good project manager. With the distinctive chance to raise a number of the foremost proficient project leaders within the world on their Project Leadership courses ESI have managed to gather a running tally on their responses.

Below are the highest ten Qualities of a project manager in rank order in line with frequency listed.

Inspires a Shared Vision


An effective project manager is commonly described as having a vision of where to travel and also the ability to articulate it. Visionaries thrive on modification and having the ability to draw new boundaries. it absolutely was once said that a pacesetter is somebody who “lifts us up, offers us a reason for being and provides the vision and spirit to vary.” Visionary leaders enable folks to feel they need a true stake within the project. They empower folks to expertise the vision on their own. in line with Bennis “They provide folks opportunities to make their own vision, to explore what the vision can mean to their jobs and lives, and to see their future as a part of the vision for the organisation.” (Bennis, 1997)

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | 3 Comments

Project Risks and How to Identify Them

All projects are different and the best way of identifying potential risks within a complex project is to call on the experience of past projects within the same field. Even within different industries there are many areas of potential risks that can be the same or similar.

The first approach is to take a broad overview of the different areas of the project:

  • Scope
  • Equipment
  • Technology
  • Existing Data
  • People
  • Timescale
  • Budget

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Then take each section and break it down into finer detail. A brainstorming session with a small group of team members representing different parts of the departments and groups involved can be helpful. This does not have to be a time-consuming task, but is critical to the successful management of a project.

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May 11, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | Leave a comment

Your Risk Management Process: A Practical and Effective Approach

By Vicki Wrona, PMP

Some experts have said that a strong risk management process can decrease problems on a project by as much as 80 or 90 percent. In combination with solid project management practices, having a well-defined scope, incorporating input from the appropriate stakeholders, following a good change management process, and keeping open the lines of communication, a good risk management process is critical in cutting down on surprises, or unexpected project risks. Such a process can also help with problem resolution when changes occur, because now those changes are anticipated and actions have already been reviewed and approved, avoiding knee jerk reactions.

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Defining “Risk”

Before one can embark on a risk management process, one must have a solid understanding of some key definitions. Project risks as defined from a PMI perspective are, at their core, unknown events. These events can be positive or negative, so that the word “risk” is inherently neutral. That said, most of the time and focus is spent handling negative project risks, or “threats,” rather than positive project risks, or “opportunities.”

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May 11, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | 2 Comments

PMS in Construction Project

Project Management System

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April 25, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | | Leave a comment

Construction Time Management

Construction time management is an element of the construction budgeting process where the project management team determines the amount of time devoted to each segment of the project. Construction time management determines the amount of man hours and employees needed to reach completion. More commonly used and written out by hand before the introduction of computers and the internet,construction estimate forms are now largely filled out on a computer.

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Construction time management plays a major role in developing the cost estimates for projects of varying construction methods. The traditional method is to use the design/bid/build approach, where an architect or engineer oversees the project. They handle the design, produce construction drawings, oversee bids and contracts and the building process itself. The links between the architect, the client and the main contractor are direct. The contractor can win a project through the lowest blind bid or through the construction manager at-risk method, where the contractor guarantees to deliver the project within a guaranteed maximum price. Instead of simply serving as construction manager, the contractor also serves as a consultant to the owner during the design and development processes.

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April 22, 2012 Posted by | Project Management | Leave a comment

Risk Basement Construction

To obtain the best efficiency for the project and to minimize the possible damages for the project and the neighboring buildings, we should have a suitable risk management system (RMS) to implement in the project to ensure that the project is operated in the best and safest way to gain full targets of the project: Safety – Quality – Process – Efficiency.

What is Risk Management System (RMS) ?
RMS
The deep Basement construction needs to be done by the Professional Contractor with a full knowledge about the possible risks and there is a methodical and full control system about this issue.

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April 17, 2012 Posted by | Research | , | Leave a comment