Monday, June 6, 2011
Proactive management: staying ahead of the curve
Most projects sail smoothly. Generally, that is the result of good business practices, cost controls, staff management, etc. Typically though the focus is on the nuts and bolts of construction, and making things go together smoothly from technological standpoints. Often overlooked is contract administration: making sure contracts are signed, insurance certificates received, and other "i"s dotted and "t"s crossed. But those little things can make or break projects. Proactive management on those little things can help avoid later contract disputes, or identify them before they fester. Like other aspects of construction, regular "lunch box" programs, check sheets, and the like are great first steps, to be followed by regular compliance and compliance checks. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.