Construction Management Step-By-Step Guide and Best Practices

Construction Management Step-By-Step Guide and Best Practices

Starting Up

If you want to be a construction manager, first of all, you need to understand construction. Start on site, and understand the process from the ground up. I think that this should be a given, for although your theories might feel spot on, there is still that need to truly see and feel the atmosphere of the site for you to truly be effective.

Make Mistakes (But Not Deliberately, Obviously)

Well, yes, make mistakes, but do learn from them, and be sure to remember them and their solution on your next projects. There is so much growth in taking mistakes this way, as learning opportunities that could only make you better as a manager and as a person. Of course, as much as you can, you must avoid them and counter all the possible mistakes pre-construction and during planning, but do not be frustrated by those that you do encounter; learn to calm down and take note.

Develop the Scope

First, you have to know and understand on what ground you are standing in, both literally and figuratively. The identification of the scope and the limitations of the project means the identification of the specificities and the overall direction of the construction, for which without identifying these scopes and limitations, the project will be more prone to changes and future mistakes. Develop this first and stick to what is in it all throughout the processes and then finalize. Here, the resources must highly be taken of note.

Manage the Design Phase

Now that we have the scope all settled in, we can manage the design around this. Managing this area is in terms of just making sure that the design specifications are within the set scope and limitations. This is where most of the development takes place. A good area to encounter and overcome mistakes, so in this step, is to not be afraid of making changes and seeing what is or what could be better. Taking inspiration from other projects can come in handy once you handle issues within this step.

Advertise the Project

Once all that is done, the advertisement and proposals come in, which of course can be handled by a different team other than the main construction and engineering crew. This is more in marketing and social connections, so do not be afraid to find help beyond just construction; external inputs in this step may be more of a necessity than that of the other steps.

Manage the Contractor Up to Completion

Mistakenly viewed most of the time as the only actual management done when it comes to construction management, this step is indeed the most critical and the biggest play, as this will seal the deal and ultimately, in goodwill, aid you into future projects.

In here, the actual constructions are done, and skills are put to the test. Have this step done perfectly and the next project will come in easier that you may not even need to advertise or bid for one.

Construction Management Principles with Real-Life Insights

Construction Management Principles with Real-Life Insights

Let us keep this as open to interpretation and conversation as possible. This is, after all, a blog of “real-life insights”. The following will be the principles of construction management that we shall dig through in perspectives:

Conception

Before everything can begin, a story of origin must be told. This portion is more about the construction of ideas from inspirations and visions that may come from all corners of the world. This is the spark that will light up the whole project: the do-or-die phase of the whole project. Here confronting ideas and concepts on what the project should be or could be about is key in developing something “innovative”, a work of art, if I must say. Consisting of brainstorms and debates, here the team must put value in their diversity and learn to create and make out of what is thrown on the table, which technically at this phase could be anything.

Planning

Planning is essential in every kind of project, and obviously, in construction projects, it is what is more important. In this area, we highlight the design phase, and here, most of the plan will now be under the constraint of the concept or vision, meaning that even if there is still plenty of room for change, it shall be in the benefit of the concept and not going too far away from that.
Here, the team is presented with the concept or idea, and with this, they will pave the visible path into what will soon be something great, or at least something within the scope of their concept.

Execution

Ah, when you feel that everything is all laid out perfectly and that all the plans are in perfect alignment and then you relax for a bit as everything is going to be executed as planned but then something in a form of an issue came. Execution can be flawless, but rarely that truly is; most of the time an issue or two will arise, and this is with the perspective that the plan was all well laid out and “bulletproof”. Of course, it will rarely come with an exaggeration if the plan indeed was well done.
The key tip here is to be calm and confident with your plans but not have your guard down as a team and to also not be in panic when something worse happens.

Tracking the Progress

You cannot be lost if you keep track. Sounds like an obvious statement, but still commonly this is where the issues arise when it comes to the actual length of the construction, for in progress you must keep track of your resources well, and that includes your people, finances, and materials. As a perspective, lots of the mistakes that startups do is to have all plans laid out perfectly but forgetting to track down the minor details that may change along the development of the project, may that be in relation with finances or the relationships within the team to something as radical as coffee breaks, as major changes in minor things could grow into an issue in the bigger picture of things when ignored.
So indeed, if you track your progress (including trivial things, e.g. work journals), it will be easy to narrow down and identify the source of your future issues.

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