3 Qualities of Successful Construction Project Managers

Some construction project managers have reputations for success. They get the jobs done, on-time, within budget, and seem to have unlimited resources. Contractors want to work for them and with them.

You should always seek to align yourself with successful construction project managers. Even better, strive to be one.

Construction Project Managers: What They Manage

Good money management is key to any successful construction project. But the qualities successful construction project managers share are what leads them to better money management – better overall management in every phase.

1. Communication

You may be tired of constant advice to communicate better, more often, etc. One survey cited miscommunication and inaccurate or inaccessible information cost the U.S. construction industry more than $31 billion in 2018.

Poor communication is the deal-breaker. It’s the main cause of construction mistakes and rework expenses. Successful construction project managers ensure a timely flow of information is consistently funneled to key project people.

Documentation is the most effective communication tool available. Daily reports, possible problems, changes – everything should be put in writing. When a construction project manager is slow to respond to emails and phone calls, delays, and process breakdowns begin to impact the project.

2. Progress and Problems

Successful construction project managers don’t dodge the hardballs. They monitor potential problems, and when a project gets derailed, they respond quickly. Some of the tools construction project managers use are daily progress reports and weekly budget analyses.

Construction project managers are also detectives. Why are we behind schedule? What are the causes of low productivity? They delve into problems quickly so damage control can be immediate and effective.

3. Strategic Planning

The devil’s in the details. Successful construction managers know a complex construction project requires detailed planning. The best way to plan a project is to assume everyone knows nothing, then provide the plans – and the processes – for every phase. This means defining goals, establishing project milestones, and developing timelines for deliverables.

Strategic planning includes:

  • Communication roadmaps
  • Equipment – what is needed, where, and when
  • Labor coordination
  • Materials management
  • Response to crisis/issues
  • Risk assessment
  • Safety processes

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Career Outlook: Construction Mangers in 2016

If you’re a construction manager, you know no matter how dedicated and enterprising you are, the whims of the market can catch you off guard sometimes. Keeping up on the current construction industry employment outlook is one way to make sure you’re ready for what comes.

construction leadsBright Prospects for Managers

Between 2006 and 2016, the employment of construction managers was projected to grow by a remarkable 16 percent. Considering the average employment prospects for all fields, the outlook for construction managers was above average.

Because the construction industry is expected to cool down somewhat in the near future, the growth of opportunities for managers is likely to slow. For the period between 2014 to 2024, employment for construction managers is projected to grow by 5 percent. That’s around the average employment growth for all jobs. Even though jobs may not be as abundant as they were in recent years, you’ll still find plenty of opportunities with residential, non-residential, and specialty trade contractor businesses.

One reason for the on-going increase in demand for construction managers is the increasing complexity of today’s projects. Your skills are needed to guide companies in using advanced construction technology as well as to navigate an ever-growing number of laws and regulations. Knowledge of multipurpose and energy-efficient buildings is also highly sought after.

Secure Your Future

The skill and knowledge it takes to manage modern construction projects means managers with a bachelor’s degree or higher and practical experience in construction will be preferred in the coming years. A degree in construction management, construction science or civil engineering will pay off well. Those who’ve completed internships also have an edge in finding construction industry employment.

As in the past, starting your own firm is one of the most accessible ways to achieve success as a construction manager. In fact, over the past decade, more than half of all construction managers were self-employed. This route is most promising for those with many years of experience in construction.

For an easy way to stay up to date on construction industry employment and construction leads, contact us at Construction Monitor.