For any construction project large or small, you need to have the right people involved. Possibly the most important position to fill? The project manager. Similar to a maestro conducting an orchestra, a good project manager makes all the difference in orchestrating timing and harmony. Here are a few attributes every strong project manager should have.
Good communication is essential for any project, and that’s especially true for construction projects. An effective construction project manager is aware of the type of communication method that is most preferred by their clients and teammates, whether it be through email, phone, text, or in person. Utilizing these methods and tailoring to your clients will keep them engaged in the project, and make day-to-day communication convenient for both sides.
High Organizational Skills
In a construction project setting, a project manager with a touch of OCD is not necessarily a bad thing. A clear, concise project plan goes a long way during a build. For the client, a plan that is set out in phases highlighting the goals to be reached in each phase, like breaking ground, lying foundation, completion of framing, etc. is generally what they like to see rather than all of the smaller details that actually go into completing a phase. A more detailed plan is needed for the construction team to incorporate all the activities and milestones to reach within a phase. A good project manager will know the project plan like the back of his hand and take on any issues with ease!
You would be hard pressed to find a construction project that went perfectly according to plan. A project manager has to be able to take on problems as they come up, and find solutions that keep the project on schedule. Project managers who excel at problem solving will almost always think ahead to things like identifying potential risks, allocating extra time within the project plan in case of unexpected hold-ups, and alternative options to many parts of the project to keep it rolling along.
Even relatively small construction projects involve many people contributing to achieve the final product. A project manager has to be willing to trust his fellow teammates, and delegate tasks to them, all the while being available and approachable to deal with curveballs when the arise. Being able to use your team effectively will result in a smooth project that meets deadlines.