Project management is all about leading a team to successfully achieve all set project goals within the given constraints. Project management starts at the planning phase of a project and is deemed successful after completion of the project. The success however depends on the bench mark of earlier set targets. Project management is vital especially in construction. Time is money is a common motivational quote yet realistic in construction. The more time invested in a construction, the more expenses incurred, which are usually outside the proposed budget. An example is a site with hired equipment, these usually per hour or per day. Any delays caused on a site with such equipment demands payment for the machine even when not used, demolishing walls due to constantly changing drawings. Changes on drawings might however be inevitable but this can be avoided by spending quality time in the conceptual /planning stages of the project.

From the extract above, project management is a chain of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience invested to achieve specific project goal and objectives. The perfect bond of these is weighed by the project budget and timelines set, these communicate the effectiveness of the executing team. This too, presents the effectiveness of the project manager.

Project management Process

  • Define the project scope
  • Prepare a workplan and set time lines accordingly
  • Determine available resources for project implementation
  • Allocate tasks to the different teams and resources accordingly
  • Manage and monitor progress of work with reference to resources and deadlines


Roles of a Project Manager

  • 1. Resource planning

Planning is the most critical phase in all projects as it informs every other activity in the implementation phase. Any errors unidentified in the planning phase are likely to be discovered when too late and this in the long-run calls for extra costs. For this reason, structures when at design stages are designed for worst case scenarios for example a tall structure is designed against wind loads, seismic loads, dead and live loads The aim is that even under the worst cases environmental or loading cases, the structure must still firmly stand and remain functional.

In the resource planning phase, timelines are set, flow of communication established and teams assigned responsibility so as to prepare for implementation of the project.


2. Form a team and supervise the project team

The success of a project is not a result of the project manager profile but rather how he assigns, monitors and motivates his team during execution of work. The project manager must develop clear and straightforward plans/strategies that stimulate the team to reach their full potential and stay committed till the end of their individual tasks assigned to each. One of these is constantly applauding the team for every successfully finished phase of work.

3. Monitor project progress

Project management is incomplete without constant monitoring of the project with reference to the set tasks, timelines and budget. Various monitoring tools have been created to aid project managers play their roles with ease. All one requires is to constantly update the tool with updates of the project status. The monitoring tools don’t guarantee effective monitoring and assessment, but rather govern effective documentation and reporting of the project status.  The project manager should monitor the project on ground so so as to be fully informed of the project’s nitty gritty details.


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Posted on: March 11th, 2022 by London Building Contractors No Comments