5 Steps to Project Management

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What is Project Management?

Following a worker’s certification issued by the Project Management Institute (PMI), it’s a project manager’s job to dictate how to lay out, manage, and execute a project. Software Advice lists the steps to achieving the project’s overall goals.

5 Steps to Creating the Project Management Process

Step 1: Create the Project

According to the article, every construction project needs to begin with a business case that lays out details on the project. Starting with a Project Initiation Document (PID) help fully lay out points including: 

  • People: Number of workers, subcontractors, plumbers, and electricians.

  • Resources: Necessary materials for the project

  • Budget: Total cost of the project including labor, materials, equipment, fees, and permits

Step 2: Draft A Construction Project Management Plan

Turning the PID into a more concrete plan by setting goals that are S.M.A.R.T. 

With S.M.A.R.T, workers will:

Specific- Set specific goals for your project such as deadlines for key milestones.

Measurable- Agree on how you will measure success for goals. 

Attainable- Have a plan in place to ensure your goals are realistic and achievable. 

Realistic- Keeping goals within your abilities as a construction manager.

Timely- Lay out a specific time frame in which you can expect to achieve 

Step 3: Execute the plan

Calling a team meeting or talking with each person individually is crucial to the project’s overall success. Discussing expectations and assigning a project manager to oversee individual teams could also be beneficial.

Partner with the equipment department so you have equipment where you need it, when you need it.

Step 4: Track your performance

Tracking progress is essential to ensure your team is meeting goals and parameters set. In the event of an unsuccessful project, it also provides data to review and figure out how to prevent it next time.

Step 5: Close out and evaluate the project

Call a final meeting with your crew to discuss how your performed, and conduct a brainstorming session to get ideas on what you could have done better. 


Source: Software Advice