Do you know if your project is healthy, or is there a cancer that’s slowly eating your profits and impacting progress?
Project health tests
We are encouraged to undergo regular health check-ups. In the same way our projects undergo health check-ups. These may include:
- Reviewing the updated construction schedule monthly – we check to see that the project is progressing on schedule and take action when there’s slippage.
- Monthly cost reports – most companies require monthly project cost reports so their financial performance can be assessed against the budget.
- Reviewing safety statistics – it should be common practice to review the monthly safety statistics and ensure the project hasn’t had serious accidents or is at risk of accidents occurring.
- Quality reports – this normally includes reviewing the non-conformance reports for the previousBAD HOUSEKEEPING CAN BE A TELLTALE SIGN OF PROJECT WITH MANY OTHER PROBLEMS
But can we detect unhealthy projects earlier?
Unfortunately many managers try to manage their projects from the office, relying on meetings, emails and reports to monitor their project. However, there’s nothing that beats actually walking the project, being in the field and interacting with your team. When you do these walks, it’s usually obvious when the project isn’t healthy.
Is the project neat and organized, or is it chaotic?
Is everyone busy or are some standing around underutilized?
Is all the equipment being efficiently used?
Does there appear to be a plan in place?
When I walk around my projects I constantly look for 3 things:
- Is the project safe? Are people working safely?
- Is the quality of our work acceptable? Am I proud of the workmanship?
- Could we do things better? Are we as productive as we should be?
As I walk around the field I also ask the following questions:
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