Good Practice as a Project/Construction manager?

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joeshmather
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Hi all,

I’m new to this forum so be kind!

I’m currently a student studying architectural technology at university and as part of this we have been set the task of writing an assignment on what construction managers would class as, or see as ‘good practice’ I currently have little knowledge of this subject and was hoping that some of you would be able to share your opinions with me.

As part of this assignment we have also been asked to use questionnaires/interviews to gather information from Project/Construction/Site managers. This information would hopefully be bought together to show the general view of ‘good practice’ would anyone potentially be happy for me to email a short questionnaire to complete?

Thank you in advance, any help/advice will be gratefully received.

Joe
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Hi Joe,

Your question is quite broadly based, so I'm not totally sure what you are looking for. I would see document control as a key best practice. You need to think about how you manage documentation so it's available to everyone who needs to see it, and doesn't end up scattered around your organisation. Ask whether you have a method for tracking and following up risks and issues.

Cost control is another important area. Proper management of costs provides an early warning system for issues such as cost overruns and scheduling snags, which allows you to take corrective action when needed.

You'll need to look at Earned Value Management, a technique heavily used in Construction Project Management. In a nutshell, Earned Value is an approach where you monitor the project plan, actual work, and work-completed value to see if a project is on track. Earned Value shows how much of the budget and time should have been spent, with regard to the amount of work done. There is plently of information about Earned Value Management online, here's a couple of articles for starters:

What is Earned Value?
How to Implement Earned Value

I hope this is of some help.

Best of luck!
Duncan
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Thank you,

That's great, it's given me a good place to start further research from.
I think the basic idea of the assignment we've been set I'd to gain a wide verity of opinion and come up with an overall view of what is seen as good practice within project management.

Thank you again, Joe
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