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 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.
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.