How to Keep Your Project on Schedule
Whether you’ve got a tight deadline or your simply eager to see the finished product, keeping an architecture project on schedule can be a top priority. What’s the best way to ensure your project stays on track and ends up complete on time? This multi-faceted approach should help.
When Bowman Consultants was faced with a particularly challenging project that had to be completed within 24 hours, the focus from the very beginning was on an actionable plan that took all factors into consideration. Though the window of opportunity for executing this project was small, the process of planning the job was massive. Every detail of project execution was carefully designed to ensure success. This meant including the installer in the planning phase; details such as this should be part of planning, and an architect should be able to explain their planning process in a way that shows clear results before the project gets off the ground.
Careful Due Diligence
The process of researching regulations, inspecting existing building structures and ensuring a design’s overall integrity are not just showy steps that an overly cautious professional will take. These are vital parts of a successful, efficient project, and they’re an essential part of effective planning. Careful due diligence ensures that potential problems are met up front, often before the project even gets off the ground, which allows design and execution professionals to assess whether extra steps need to be taken to work around an existing problem. Any extra steps associated with problems discovered during preliminary research and analysis can then be built into your project schedule estimate. It’s better to know about potential issues up front, where they can be incorporated into the project, rather than while the project is underway, when they have to be taken care of as delays.
There are a number of different scheduling techniques that can be used to develop a timeline for project completion. Whichever one is used for your project, make sure you understand it well enough to see details and know what is supposed to happen when. Stay on top of the schedule and be aware of what’s going on when the items on the list aren’t being completed on time. Don’t let even one missed deadline slide, even if it’s for something simple. Delays tend to snowball, and it’s important to get answers for what caused the delay and how it will be compensated for to avoid a ripple effect throughout the rest of the project.
Communication is key to smooth project operation, and knowing how to communicate with your project team can be the best way to stay in the loop and make sure your expectations for project completion are being met. Whether it’s learning the phonetic alphabet for better on-site communication or making your intentions clear from the very first meeting, being a good communicator will set your project up for success. These kinds of clear communication strategies will help you avoid the need for design changes and revisions, which can be a major factor in delayed project schedules.