The Importance of Project Management: Part 1
“Well done is better than well said.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Project management is one of the most vital aspects of a successful construction project, no matter if it is a new design-build or renovation. Sensory Six has created a three-part informational series to help you understand the role and value of project management
Our first perspective explains why you need a project manager.
When you start a new project – either at home or at your business – there are numerous questions:
- How do I select the right contractors and negotiate a good contract?
- How do I make sure work gets done correctly?
- What happens if there is a dispute?
- What if they don’t meet agreed upon schedules?
- How do I minimize disruption in my life or operations?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Design and construction projects are complex with lots of moving parts. They require focus, expertise and experience. They are about planning, communicating and ACTION– getting a quality job done on time and on budget.
While property owners sometimes serve as their own project manager, they often discover that they can significantly reduce cost, time and stress by using project management professionals like Sensory Six.
What exactly is the role of a project manager? He or she is responsible for planning a specific project and overseeing its progress from start to end. This can range from installing new lighting throughout a home or renovating a kitchen to designing and building a new commercial property or updating and restoring a historic structure.
Here are 10 primary areas that project managers get involved in:
- Planning the work.
- Negotiating contracts.
- Setting project goals.
- Analyzing risks.
- Hiring the right people.
- Making sure the right materials and tools are in place.
- Staying on time.
- Staying on budget.
- Making sure the work is done properly.
- Settling disputes.
Part 2 in this series will discuss how project managers approach the planning process.