Rethinking Traditional Construction Project Management—Part 1 of 5

John Chaney

Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a five-part series on Construction Project Management. The lifeblood of any construction company is the construction project itself. How those projects are managed can make or break the company. That makes project managers (or in some companies, project sponsors who oversee teams of project managers) arguably the most important role in an organization.

Commercial Construction Project Management Trends: How to Survive the Incredible Shrinking Timeline

Commercial Construction

Today, we push to build out a restaurant in 22 weeks instead of the 30 that used to be typical, and our target turnaround for a hotel project has gone from 10 to 12 months to an 8- to 10-month timeframe. Invest in detailed project plans. Construction News and Trends project timelines

Are You Still Using Spreadsheets for Project Management?

John Chaney

To keep things organized, most contractors use technology in some capacity to facilitate day-to-day workflows for project management , scheduling, accounting , estimating and more. For project management specifically, 46.1 The report points out that companies often use multiple technologies to manage projects, which can result in duplicate data entry as people move information from a spreadsheet to software or from email to a spreadsheet.

Project Managers: Learn to Maximize Your Software Use at Collaborate 2018

John Chaney

Project Managers: Learn to Maximize Your Software Use at Collaborate 2018. If there’s one role touching virtually all aspects of construction operations, it’s the project manager. We’ve put together 63 sessions specific to construction project management.

Top Everyday Project Management Practices For Success

Contractor Bookkeeping

Are you happy with the current progress of your construction projects? Do you successfully finish your projects ahead of schedule and under assigned budget? Good project management skills are essential for any project manager.

Project Management Technology Tools Helping Contractors Modernize, Streamline Operations—Part 3 of 5

John Chaney

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a five-part series on Construction Project Management. Previously, we looked at the complexity of construction projects and the importance of the folks working on project teams—especially the project manager who has to keep all people and processes moving on a daily basis. Construction project managers probably relate to that statement more that anyone. Tech Tools for Better Construction Management.

Turning Your Project Managers into Business Managers

John Chaney

Project managers often control in excess of $1 MM, $5 MM, even $ 10 MM in annual contract revenue and risk. However, project managers often do not view themselves as business managers. They view themselves as middle management – cogs in the wheel of a great machine that churns through backlog year-in and year-out – leaving the business issues up to division managers and executives. Construction Management with John Chaney


The Constructor

There are four phases of project management which are required to manage projects efficiently on quality, time and costs. Defining and organizing the project: Defining project is the first step in the project management process.

Project Management Trends: 2018 Topics to Watch

Construction Equipment

And yet, we had some significant shifts this year, most notably PMI releasing the sixth edition of “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” ( PMBOK® Guide ), alongside the Agile Practice Guide. Here are five trends that project managers should be watching out for in 2018.

A position is vacant for Senior Project Manager and Project Manager in construction sector (VIC – Melbourne)

Construction Cost Estimating

A position is vacant for senior project manager in Melbourne, Australia. The prospective candidate has to report to the deputy general manager (construction) as well as supervise assistant project manager or project administrator. Sell off and manage risk.

Better Project Management through Better Communication

John Chaney

Last week, I discussed three important areas of project management and ended by briefly discussing project communication – or the glue to a project. Hopefully, you’ve had the chance to consider how deliberate your project communications are. Project Collaboration.

How Mobile Project Management Can Improve Jobsite Efficiency


Construction sites are infinitely complicated places that require multiple projects working at once to deliver the project on time and under budget. Mobile project management software gains its mobility and ease of use by living in the cloud.

Colliers will rebrand Northeast offices to accentuate project management


The global real estate services organization Colliers International plans to rebrand several of its offices in the Northeast and Los Angeles to better market their expertise in project management.

Managing the Complexities of Construction Drawing Sets

John Chaney

Drawings are foundational to construction project management. Sheet counts in the approved construction set are often large to begin with and grow even larger as a project progresses. Project Management Connected Drawings.


The Constructor

WHAT IS PROJECT MANAGEMENT? Tweet A project is a set of interrelated activities, usually involving a group of people working together toward a common goal or objective over a period of time. By managing projects effectively, you generate immense benefits for your company.

The Organic Life of Digitized Data

Construction Business Owner

Too many of today’s project management workflows, while automated, do not facilitate the use of all the data that is created on a project.

Some Sample Interview Questions For Project Manager Position

Construction Cost Estimating

Project management requires the knowledge & expertise of the project team members involving the project manager , use of tools and techniques accessible to make sure that the assigned tasks are accomplished in a perfect manner.

5 Areas Where Project Management Risks Commonly Arise

Construction Business Owner

Information is the essential core of every commercial construction project. From the initial stages of a project through to its conclusion, having the correct information at every step is the best way to ensure you will not face costly delays and errors.

5 Ways to Tell if Your Construction Software is Breaking Your Heart — and How to Move On

John Chaney

If you want to continue to attract new and younger talent to your organization, you’ve got to have a software solution that is slick, shiny and well, functional. You should be able to truly connect your office to your project teams to the teams operating out in the field.

How Interstate Electrical Services Became a Leader in Lean Construction

John Chaney

This is an excellent piece that gets to the heart of managing data in the construction industry. ———————————— Managing construction data correctly can have a significant impact on productivity. Many construction-related businesses still run on pen, paper, and a general sense of ‘organized chaos.’ The data you collect will give you insight into the organization’s workflows.

A position is vacant for Construction Estimator/Project Manager in Toronto

Construction Cost Estimating

Tony''s Carpentry Ltd is seeking a construction cost estimator /project manager in Toronto (ON) on permanent basis. The candidate should have 3 years to less than 5 years working experience in construction estimating and executing project worth $ 500,001 - $1,500,000.

Project Management College of Scheduling 2016 Annual Conference

Construction Dive

The Project Management College of Scheduling (PMCOS), an organization whose roots go back to 2003 when the organization was first formed under the auspices of the Project Management Institute, has announced its annual conference to be held in Chicago May 15-18.

What are the traits of the best project managers?

PSMJ Resources

We asked this question a few years ago at a seminar attended by 40 project managers from public works agencies. Here are the top 10 responses, listed in order: Good communicator Organized Leadership Client focused Plan and budget well Strong financial performance People skills Deals with issues proactively Multi-task Well-rounded admin and technical proficiency The two lists are remarkably similar. By Dave Burstein, P.E.

Setting Up Implementation Training for Successful Technology Adoption

John Chaney

Understanding the basics of how people learn and tweaking your approach can help you avoid these situations, launch a new initiative more effectively, and achieve greater adoption throughout your organization.

Breaking Down Silos for Better Construction Collaboration

John Chaney

For example, in most construction organizations, a project manager is responsible for ensuring a job stays on budget. In cases like this, management may need to rethink the way the company holds people accountable. The dreaded silo.

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Collaboration, Technology Among Key Takeaways from CFMA National Conference

John Chaney

Another year, another amazing national conference for the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). A longtime supporter of and collaborator with the CFMA, I was honored to be named the organization’s secretary earlier this year.

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PSMJ Resources Blog: Effective Project Managers Need Authority

PSMJ Resources

Effective Project Managers Need Authority. Clients want strong project leaders rather than mere project “administrators” who’ll simply manage things and move them around. They especially want a project manager who has the authority to impel the project through her firm; someone who can commit the firm’s resources. The project team is looking to the PM for guidance and direction. Managing Employees.

10 Ways Technology Is Closing the Productivity Gap

John Chaney

Improve Project Management. Managing projects in construction is a complex set of tasks that involves overseeing a lot of people, equipment, materials and timelines. Good communication throughout the construction organization can be hard to come by.

ProofHub offers good competition to Basecamp in the project management realm

Contractor Bookkeeping

Basecamp the leading project management tool has been used by a number of businesses for managing their projects. It is a simple solution which works fine till the projects are not so complex. This enhances planning over projects.

Construction Project Management & accounting software plays a

Construction Cost Estimating

Construction Project Management & accounting software plays a vital role for construction companies. Construction Project Management can be termed as overall planning, coordination and control of a project from commencement to completion intended for fulfilling the need of the client for generating a functionally and financially feasible project. Construction companies can reap huge benefits by applying the Project management software in their projects.

Construction Project Management: A new Era of AEC industry

Construction Cost Estimating

Construction Project Management: A new Era of AEC industry. Construction Project Management is the overall planning, coordination and control of a project from inception to completion aimed at meeting a client’s requirements in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project that will be completed on time within authorized cost and to the required quality standards. Labels: construction estimating , construction management.

5 Tools Everyone in Project Management Should Be Using

PSMJ Resources

Increasingly, however, the most useful tools—especially for those in project management in the A/E/C industry—are found in the technological and social ether (differing largely from, I would imagine, the axe- and sword-throwing preferences of the zombie-fighters). With that in mind, here are 5 tools—some oldies, but goodies from 2013 and some new ones for 2014—that every project manager should be using. Every profession has its set of go-to tools. Don’t believe me?

The Project Manager’s MBA: Efficient Operations Management

Construction Business Owner

Project managers and superintendents often find comfort in operations management, the portion of the project life cycle dictated by process and procedure. However, attempts at defining elements of operations management at the project level often yield nebulous collections of tasks with poorly established starting and terminal points. In many organizations, processes are as different as the people who are required to execute them

constructionattorneyblog: LEED project managment software

Construction Lawyer Blog

He is a member various professional organizations, has been an officer and director of the Chicago Chapter AIA, President of the Chicago Chapter, Construction Specifications Institute, and writes a regular construction law column for The Construction Specifier. LEED project managment software. While there are many legal issues that will unfold in the near future, there are new software products that address some of the management issues. constructionattorneyblog.

Why Are Contractors Using Fewer Software Applications?

John Chaney

The majority of construction companies are using a variety of software solutions for accounting, project management, estimating, and other important functions. Accounting and project management software were among the most prevalent types of software used by contractors last year.

8 Benefits of Using Web-Based Software in Construction

John Chaney

Large or small, construction jobs can be made easier with the right support system, especially when it comes to management software. Poor communication can be very expensive , costing organizations an average of more than $7,000 a day. Organized work order management.

Tackling Construction’s Productivity Problem

John Chaney

For example, contractors might face many different regulations, struggle with project management, lack enough skilled labor, or haven’t invested in the right technology. Featured News Trends Construction Technology labor project management

Using a Nature-Inspired Model to Design Organizations: Lessons Learned


As we all know from 7th grade science class, organisms that fail to evolve end up extinct. Although we had a diverse team of architects, engineers, and project managers, we were stereotyped as LEED consultants and so that was the work we continued to win. On top of Sustainable Design , we started offering Project Management and Engineering & Commissioning services to our clients, working on single buildings as well as across real estate portfolios.

The Biggest Management Strategy Problems Construction Companies Face Nowadays

Contractor Bookkeeping

As a construction business owner, you're probably rarely concerned about management strategies. This is already a management strategy. If you implemented a marketing campaign to promote your business, your business management strategy is even more complete.

The Construction Software Toolbox Part 1: Why It Pays To Work With A Tech-Savvy Commercial Contractor

Commercial Construction

Business seems to be booming for construction software products that help commercial contractors manage various aspects of their business. Managing the financial aspect of any construction project can be a complicated undertaking, especially on big jobs involving multiple parties. This allows our project managers to spend more time providing great client service rather than hunting down invoices and following up on outstanding billing items.