"Managing a construction project isn't easy and requires several skills."
Managing a construction project must be one of the most difficult jobs there is. To do it requires a large skill set. Some skills can be learned by attending courses, colleges or universities. Others are only learned through experience, and often the hard way – learning from mistakes!
Below are some of the skills I think it takes to manage a construction project. See if you agree. What skills do you think it takes to successfully manage a construction project? How did you learn your skills and how can we improve the skills of our future Project Managers?
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Skills required to manage a construction project
"plan the construction process"
"Must be able to manage, work with, and interact with people."
"Project Managers must coach and mentor their team"
"take action to prevent problems from occurring, and solve those that do occur."
Construction teams must be managed
In some cases, on large construction projects, there may be a team to assist the Project Manager, consisting of specialist resources, such as Planners, Quality Control Managers, Safety Managers, Engineers, Contract Administrators, clerical staff, and so on. But even in this fortunate position they must manage the processes, and ensure there is full compliance on the project, therefore they’ll need to understand these processes. The Project Manager will have to delegate and motivate their team, using the skills of the individual members and guiding them towards the common goal.
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Every construction project is different
"No construction project is exactly the same as the previous one; each is unique, with its own set of problems and parameters."
Then just as you have mastered all the problems on one project and successfully completed you move to a new project and do it all over again. Often the new project is for a new client in a different location, working with a new team, with different subcontractors and suppliers. The project could be completely different and result in you using different skill sets. No construction project is exactly the same as the previous one; each is unique, with its own set of problems and parameters.
What do you think makes a great construction project manager?
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(Written by Paul Netscher the author of the acclaimed books ‘Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide’ and ‘Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide’. Both books are available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and other retail outlets. This article is adapted from information included in these books. )
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