Construction is undoubtedly one of the most challenging industries because projects are resource-intensive, time-consuming and expensive. When it comes to achieving success in terms of quality, budget and timelines, the role of construction project management is more than vital. Still, there are some questions and concerns, from whether it is worthwhile and even if you will be able to secure any benefits out of it. Further, there are some myths and misconceptions that surround the mindset of managing construction projects rather than going ahead without any plans and strategies. Let us debunk these myths and misconceptions for you.
Myth #1: Construction projects are about the final product
No matter what the size of a project is, it is much more than the final product that needs to be delivered. There are multiple factors involved, with some that you can control and others that you cannot. These include client expectations, contracts, weather, geography and more. Going forward with the actual construction is relatively controllable, while the real challenge is in getting everything in place considering the challenges and objectives. This is where proactive construction management can make all the difference.
Myth #2: Project management is optional
Technically, it is possible to complete small construction project without any management. But realistically, you need to have a manager to ensure that the entire process workflow moves ahead smoothly, teams work in tandem and there is adherence to quality, budget and timelines throughout the progress. Additionally, you can expect the rate of goal achievement to be considerably higher when an efficient manager is ensuring smooth functioning of the project from start to end.
Myth #3: Project management is only about paperwork
If you are a project manager, you will surely have to handle a lot of paperwork, but that is not the only thing you do. The real work is to be ahead of everything at stake. Apart from the quintessential paperwork, the manager’s role includes project planning, resource scheduling, communications and meetings, reporting and more. And they also deal with clients, contractors and service providers. All of which is much more than juggling paperwork contrary to the prevailing myth.
Myth #4: Project management is not about people
Another misconception that must be cleared out is that construction projects are all about buildings, not people. For project managers, it is important to understand that people’s expectations matter as much as completing the task at hand. Therefore, you need to involve the client at every stage, right from planning to execution and delivery and make sure that the project is on track through all the stages. If you fail to include people in the equation, the project is bound to face several hiccups.
Myth #5: Following schedules translates into success
You cannot ignore schedules when it comes to keeping projects on target, but don’t rely on them as the only driver behind a project. Essentially, projects move forward according to conditions and contingencies, and managing them effectively is easier said than done because there are things you can control and things you can’t. Focusing on strong supervision and service is the key. Further, a good understanding of the materials, infrastructure, environment and labour force can help you adapt to the changing situations.
Myth #6: Execution must happen quickly
Although getting work swiftly done would be great for your reputation as a construction manager but quality matters the most. Don’t ever rush things if it means that you would be compromising on this front. Having sufficient planning in place is vital because you wouldn’t want to end up with a low-quality build. Also, having the most suitable people to carry out tasks can make all the difference.
Myth #7: The construction project manager should know everything
Finally, one of the biggest myths you should stop believing is that a construction project manager should know everything because it is fine if you don’t. The right approach is to seek help, whether by the implementation of a smart construction management software solution or having domain experts to assist you with the project. This cuts down the risk, enhances the quality of outcome and speeds up the project completion as well.
Knowing everything about these myths can be an eye-opener and help you take the right approach. So it makes sense to be aware and have everything in place before you embrace the responsibility of the next project you undertake.