Category Archives: Program 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


Clarity in Project Management Communication

Effective communication for project managers comes down to the ability to convey ideas, expressions and viewpoints in a clear and concise manner.  Historically, the best communicators are usually those who understand that clarity of thought is important.  They also know … Continue reading

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Cost Management Solutions (1)

There are two concepts which are central to change management and contracts management on projects: Cost Attribution and Cost Segregation.  These concepts relate to a systemic thinking of costs and promote a proactive approach to the treatment of costs including … Continue reading

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Construction Claims Management for Contractors (Part 1 of 4)

Here are some fundamentals of claims management for contractors (and subcontractors) – Your claim must be credible.  It must be based on facts! Focus on the big issues. Don’t make it personal.  That will only detract from your objective. Ensure … Continue reading

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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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Construction Scheduling Software > Factors to Consider

Remember that construction scheduling software is a tool and it has a purpose:  to provide relevant and timely information about the status of a project, in order to drive decision-making in a dynamic format that can be shared and communicated … Continue reading

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Challenge the Status Quo

Effective project and business leaders challenge existing processes and question the status quo. They recognize the need to rethink assumptions and evaluate issues objectively. Preconceived notions and biases favoring existing thinking limit our critical thinking, and diminish our ability to … 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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The “Silo” Effect in Large Project-Based Organizations

Delivering large and complex projects in accordance with contract requirements while meeting client expectations is difficult enough.  There is an added burden within large organizations that have not fully integrated project management into their fabric.  These organizations, particularly government agencies, … Continue reading

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The Role of The Owners Rep. Expands

http://newyork.construction.com/opinions/2011/0725-AsStaffsShrinktheRoleOftheOwnersRepGrows.asp With the Poor economy forcing owners to make tough decisions about layoffs and budget cuts, one position they should not consider eliminating is the owner’s representative. That is because this job has become a vital tool in helping the … Continue reading

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