How to Resolve Crunch-Time Challenges

Written by: Lyle Charles Consulting

Summary: Use these tips to alleviate the stressors of crunch time in your construction project.

A commercial construction project has tight deadlines that have to be adhered to if the project manager wants to stay within budget. During the initial phase of management, the project manager must make several critical calls about the future without a clue of how things will play out. Overages and delays happen. They are out of most of our hands, but there are some steps you can take to deal with these crunch-time challenges.

Planning Phase

During the planning phase, a project manager must make several key decisions that will determine how the project can proceed once work begins. Supplies is the first avenue to deal with. Every project needs materials, and will more than likely shop around a bit before acquiring them. Make sure you arrange for your materials to be delivered well in advance, and that you have proper storage set up if you need it. You may also want to invest in fences and cameras to deter theft. Taking these precautions will help remove the smaller potential delays that can crop up.

Hire Interim Short Term Management Services

The purpose of interim management services is to help usher you through crunch time, or through a period of transition. The practice goes all the way back to ancient Rome, where the Romans would contract management of all sorts of tasks. It’s like having an extra hand or an extra set of eyes, and it’s often cheaper to do than missing a deadline.

Bio: Lyle Charles is an expert in commercial in residential construction, and is certified in construction mediation.

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