Proper Planning, Preparation and Proactive Problem Preclusion (Prevention) Prevents Poor Project Performance.
How often do we find that when construction projects go wrong that the real cause was due to poor planning and preparation? Unfortunately far too often! This is often due to the client’s (owner’s) team as much as it’s due to the contractor. Then, when there are problems on the construction project they aren’t detected early, or they’re ignored, or the wrong actions are implemented to correct the problem.
So how can we improve construction project delivery?
Planning – client
Frequently the client and their team are to blame when construction projects go wrong because of their poor planning. Proper client side planning includes ensuring that:
Good planning by the contractor includes:
Preparation – client
The client’s proper preparations for the construction work includes:
The contractor’s proper preparations for construction work include:
Proactive Problem Prevention
Proactive problem prevention includes:
Your construction project can be a success. Plan, prepare and be vigilant to foresee, prevent and solve problems. As I always say – it’s better to be a fire prevention officer than a firefighter, because it’s easier to prevent a fire than it is to extinguish a raging inferno which has already caused damage.
Remember the 10 P’s to ensure your construction project is successful – Proper Planning, Preparation and Proactive Problem Preclusion (Prevention) Prevents Poor Project Performance.
What problems have you encountered on construction projects that could have been prevented by proper planning and preparation?
Do you have a proactive problem prevention strategy on your project?
This article is adapted from information in the author’s popular books: 'Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide' and 'Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide' and 'Construction Project Management: Tips and Insights'
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1/2/2019 08:24:16 am
My dad is planning to construct a new warehouse for the excess produce of his farm. It was explained here that it will be best to have a planning contractor because they understand the project requirements. Furthermore, it's recommended to hire professionals for quality construction management services.
1/2/2019 09:43:25 am
Hello Gillian, sorry you may have misunderstood. I didn't say have a planning contractor, rather you need a contractor that plans their work - in other words you should employ a good contractor.
21/3/2019 10:14:56 am
Thanks Mike for your comments. Please share the article with others.
Building a house now is a growing investment. Many investors are starting businesses with the construction of apartments and housing. Construction carried out in large quantities, this is extraordinary. There are also many construction management sciences that we can learn. biesterbos.nl
5/4/2019 11:48:02 am
Thanks Robert, unfortunately many think managing a construction project is easy. Investors are quick to chase money. This often leads to poor projects of bad quality. There are good courses and books that can help.
23/4/2019 08:43:14 am
My brother is planning to build a new building for his business and he wants it to be done efficiently. It was discussed here that a contractor should understand the project select the appropriate construction methods. Moreover, it's highly recommended to hire professional contractors for quality building construction management.
25/4/2019 10:15:36 am
It's important to keep in mind when looking for a contractual service both client and the contractor have to be prepared with not just the materials, but the entire contract of service that should outline what's going to happen when, and where. The reason for this is that when there is a contract in place between the two parties, it should be easy for the two to get the construction project up and off the ground without having to backtrack and check on who agreed to do what. If I had the chance to look for a contractual team, then I would definitely look for a team that would agree to have everything agreed to previously write down on paper and part of the contract just in case things have to be referenced.
16/6/2019 09:29:34 pm
Your article is very detailed, its helps everyone of us the importance of 10 P's. Thank you for sharing!
20/6/2019 05:28:54 am
Thank you for explaining the factors that go into having successful construction management. My sister wants to build a restaurant but doesn't know how to get that started. I am sure that she could find tons of professionals that would be able to help her out with that.
4/12/2019 01:32:43 pm
Our team was being selected to monitor the whole preparation of the constructional renovation of my boss' rental buildings. It is said here that a reputable contractor can assist in processing the permits and tedious processing of documents. Hence, we are looking for trusted and licensed professionals that can complete the job successfully.
22/1/2020 06:03:12 pm
Whether you're building a house or a shopping mall, contstruction projects need often managing on-site to ensure the safe.Good read. Cheers!
11/1/2023 05:59:12 am
I think this is really informative! Thank you for this!
21/2/2023 12:11:40 am
Thanks for posting. Looking forward to the next one!
21/2/2023 03:28:17 am
So good! I'll be back for more great posts!
21/2/2023 04:14:59 am
Awesome as always. Thanks for sharing!
21/2/2023 04:21:03 am
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