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Project Planning:

Proper planning is the key to successful delivery. Period. This critical step is often neglected when development planning gets rushed.  

The art of planning is to successfully coordinate critical steps required prior to bidding and construction.   


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Popular acronyms the construction industry uses for planning  is  S.M.A.R.T. and C.L.E.A.R. Goals.  A strategy that will guide how to execute the project planning.


S.M.A.R.T. goals:

  • Specific: Set specific goals for your project, such as deadlines for key milestones.

  • Measurable: Agree on how you will measure success for goals. For example, is it good enough that you have started laying concrete by the deadline you set, or should it be completely set by that date?

  • Attainable: You need to have a plan in place for how you’re going to achieve these goals. For example, does your project depend on a specific material that might not be available in the quantity you need when you need it? If so, you need to make adjustments.

  • Realistic: Your goals need to be within your abilities as a construction manager. For example, if your project includes plans to get the electrical work done within three months when you’ve never done it in less than six months for a project of this size, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

  • Timely: Lay out a specific time frame within which you can realistically expect the project to achieve these goals.


Next, let’s take a look at C.L.E.A.R. goals, which are a slight variation on this strategy:

  • Collaborative: Get everyone on board. Before the project begins, hold a meeting with the entire team to lay out what’s expected and have them help you identify any possible obstacles.

  • Limited: Limit these goals both in terms of scope and time frame to not get overwhelmed.

  • Emotional: Ensure your goals will get your employees fired up and on board.

  • Appreciable: Break up big goals into achievable tasks so you don’t overwhelm your workers.

  • Refinable: Be flexible because you can never predict what will happen on a construction site.

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