Project management in construction follows traditional planning methods to communicate project schedules. The objective of this article is to show how agile tools like burnup and burndown charts help communicate project timeline and progress.
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Construction project managers have to overcome a number of challenges when the jobsite is a significant distance from the office. This webinar will cover some of the most common challenges faced by the PM, and provide suggestions for using mobile devices to face these challenges. We will look at how a project manager can:- oversee multiple construction jobs that are physically separated- assist site supervisors overcome limited technical experience- maintain a daily understanding of each job- keep onsite employees accountable- evaluate the quality of work at a job
We are pleased to invite you to join this webinar, as a continuation of the webinar offered on Building Information Modeling (BIM) in last August. We will count again with the participation of by Mr. Dana K. Smith and Mr. Michael Tardif (book authors), who will open the webinar reviewing the main concepts of BIM. Then, Mr. Jason Chang and Ana Rodriguez (Construction Industry CoP Members) will have an open discussion with Mr. Smith and Mr. Tardiff on implementing BIM, and how to align the book concepts to the best practices proposed by the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide).
Across many construction industry segments--and in many parts of the world--labor productivity remains a serious issue, and one of the biggest challenges of the execution phase. Can workface planning help?
In Part 1, we looked at how two similar megaprojects--separated in time by 1,800 years--delivered transformational change through the magnitude of their engineering achievements. But to understand the challenges of managing megaprojects--what is it that makes them so alluring yet so fraught with difficulty?--we must first understand what shapes the urgency of their ambitions.
Teachable moments are formed when you have done something--regardless of the outcome--and learned from the experience. Learning makes us better at what we do and provides a great opportunity to develop others and sharpen skills. We’ve compiled our best Teachable Moments from our community members for you to learn from and share with other project managers. In this installment, we share a case study of how a client upgraded its existing fire protection systems in several homes occupied by senior citizens across Canada.
Construction project planning requires creating detailed construction activities work schedules. Being organized with all your construction documents can minimize missing key information. Learn how to develop a clear and complete schedule, and how it can make a complex project seem a bit easier to handle.
What is it that makes a megaproject more than just an ordinary one on steroids? Certainly the challenges that megaprojects create make exceptional demands on project management expertise. But what are those challenges? And in what ways does expertise respond to those exceptional demands? A close look at a couple of examples--one ancient and one modern--might help us understand how megaprojects have responded to those questions.
The process of finding quicker, simpler, and safer ways of achieving completion and handover is a continuous endeavor for both manufacturers and contractors alike. Offsite prefabrication of boiler plant rooms in the ICI (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) construction sector is not introduced to projects as often as it could be. The author examines the project benefits of using this engineering application.
Question: I work in the construction industry and am under some pressure from management to make my projects “more agile”. It makes no sense to me that IT processes would be of any use when building actual residences, industrial sites and office buildings. What am I missing?
You are correct is thinking that building a tangible construction is very different than creating a software application that is only electronic bits. The methodologies for each are at odds with each other.
If you change the wording, such as “customer demos” to “site inspections” and “constant quality testing” to “meeting technical requirements”, you will find that SCRUM, TDD and other IT methodologies can be used in construction and have extensive training available to you.
It is a mistake to believe that agile IT practices are the entirety of what the methodology has to offer. If you investigate the true methodology, you will find there is much to blend with your current processes to add to construction project success.
You can use part of the agile philosophy in your construction projects, but plan for extra time and cost to accommodate the changes the customer is now entitled to add as you go.
Quality management, a well-established practice during the engineering and procurement phases of EPCM projects, has increasingly been adopted by construction companies as an initiative to solve quality problems and better meet the needs of final customers. The author explains the factors that affect the quality process, responsibilities of the chief participants and benefits to be realized.
Productivity analysis of critical activities can provide a better tracking mechanism than a traditional bar chart and enable the user to devise a plan with respect to labor and cost. The author explains the stages of productivity analysis and illustrates with a case study involving the construction of a new building.
The approach of this case study is to give a real example of applying the Scrum concepts on a PMO team’s daily operations in the construction industry--and how we can benefit from the flexibility of these practices in that discipline.