Category Archives: Change Management

Preparing for and Administering a Time-Impact (Schedule) Claim

Preparing an effective schedule claim requires diligence, preparation, communication, documentation and pro-active project management. If the contract is not administered properly from the onset of the project, a successful time-impact claim is highly unlikely. Generally, the burden of proof is … Continue reading


Construction Management Alignment Issues (Part 1 of 4)

Over the past forty years, the construction industry has witnessed the evolution of the construction management (CM) delivery methodology.   Today, when we speak generically about CMs, we usually refer to CM-At Risk, which is different that CM-As Agent.  The latter … Continue reading

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Common Cost Control Problems on Construction Projects

Here is a list of common cost control problems found on construction projects: Improper estimates, standards and budgeting techniques. Unrealistic budgets. Activities started or completed out of sequence. Inadequate WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) or insufficient WBS detail. Lack of management … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Integration

There seems to be a critical change occurring in the construction industry supply chain.  Owners, developers, contractors and government agencies are demanding a tighter integration of procurement, coordination, delivery and cost management activities.  The industry is completely reinventing itself with … Continue reading

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Building Great Project Teams 101 > The Learning Organization

There is a marked difference between good project teams and great project teams.  The ability to tap into that “thing” that  drives people towards innovation and self-motivation is what separates project leadership from project management.  To really inspire greatness, leaders … Continue reading

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The Potential Impact of Changes on Projects

Changes affect much more than cost and schedule. Here is a short list of project areas that can be affected by changes – –                Cost –                Schedule –                Quality –                Performance –                Scope –                Risk –                Commissioning –                Marketing –                … Continue reading

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Change Management and Control

Establish the criteria for flagging, reporting and tracking change with your client.  These same criteria should flow down into the contract documents with contractors and vendors.     Communicate change.     Document change. Use feedback from the field to improve technical … Continue reading

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Project Cost Opportunities > A guide for Project Managers

1. Define test procedures. 2. Find specification ambiguities. 3. Verify delays especially during document review. Report review of submittals. 4. Determine or improve methods to increase user “lock-in”.  Suggest customizations, which would drive “lock-in”. Any features, which would increase switch- … Continue reading

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Change 101 for Project Managers

Change is the only constant both in nature and in project management. We are biologically structured to adapt to change and to deal with it. Good managers not only understand that change is inevitable, they expect it and are therefore, … Continue reading

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