I do not have to tell you how critical project management is to the construction industry. On worksites where you are dealing with so many different variables – employee relations, timelines and budgets, supply chains, etc. – project management creates a framework that helps keep things stable and moving forward, even in times of chaos.
The following principles are gleaned from practices of the top leaders of modern business – developed by the Project Management Institute. Beyond that, they have been applied by some of the world’s most recognizable brands to help ensure that projects will be successful.
You should apply them to teams systemically. And while one principle follows the next, each should be in play simultaneously to work at peak conditions.
- Build Vision
Everyone on the team needs to have the same understanding of what you are working toward. The vision should be inspiring on its own but also outline what the tangible results are, which is where objects come in. Objectives should make your vision-specific and actionable. Keep in mind that the objectives may evolve depending on the given circumstances, but the vision should stand firm throughout the course of the project.
- Nurture Collaboration
Whether it is putting on a small home addition or developing a new thruway, the project will not be successful if the team cannot work together. This is why the vision is such an important first step: set this up correctly, and you will have a common goal that everyone can rally behind. Team building exercises are important for individuals to get to know and trust one another. To foster collaboration, you need to lead by example and demonstrate what a good team player looks like.
- Promote Performance
Once the team is established, it is time actually to get things done. It would be best if you had an environment that is conducive to this. This can include learning what motivates individuals and giving your team the tools and opportunities that they need to excel. You may discover that your team thrives with some healthy competition; if so, great! Regardless, it will be important that you celebrate the achievements and milestones of individuals and the larger team.
- Cultivate Learning
As with any project, you are likely to run into some roadblocks along the way. The important thing is that your team has the support to learn and grow. When you embrace learning, you help ensure that you are promoting lasting performance.
- Ensure Results
I am not just referring to end results here; each project activity should be results-oriented. Remember, each of these steps should be repeated throughout the course of the project. This means that the previous principles have been appropriately developed within your team.
Of course, you should adjust these principles to best accommodate the specific project you are working on. However, by using this structure, you will strengthen your team and ensure another successful job.