Can you imagine your workplace without all the technology that we have today?
In an industry like construction, it’s hard to envision what the business would look like if we didn’t have all the tools that make our lives easier. Just think about the hassle of making multiple copies of blueprints by hand if we didn’t have printers; or having to constantly mail physical copies of important documentation to process permits and other critical paperwork. In fact, according to research, venture capitalists have invested $1.05 billion in construction technology startups in the first half of 2018.
No doubt technology and automation have significantly made construction offices work faster and more efficiently. However, even the most advanced tools and software need a skilled and effective manager behind them to maximize their potential. This is why the inherent skills of a project manager and powerful technology such as construction management software (CMS) always go hand in hand.
Here’s how a CMS can help project managers achieve operational excellence at work:
1. Empowers project managers to achieve operational excellence with easy communication and collaboration tools
Project managers are required to have a big picture overview of everything that’s going on at any given time. Communication is the backbone of any construction business, after all. Given that construction is an industry that requires multiple, often geographically dispersed, teams to work accurately and simultaneously, not having a tool that will facilitate open communication between project managers and their teams means output will suffer.
Good project managers leverage on a CMS’s collaboration tools and communication platforms to minimize back and forth and miscommunication. Ultimately, these tools can ensure that everyone is in the loop at the speed of need.
2. Offload and automate tedious tasks to free up their time
Work smart, not hard—as they say. To that end, project managers maximize their time by using CMS features that can help them automate critical but monotonous aspects of their jobs.
For example, time tracking, equipment monitoring, data gathering and reporting, budgeting, scheduling—these are all important tasks that have to be done in order to ensure a project runs smoothly. Managing and monitoring all these tasks can take up a lot of a project manager’s time. Thankfully, a CMS can readily take over these tasks so you can focus your efforts towards more strategic aspects of the job.
3. Provides in-depth insight for better decision making
When project managers have consistent and accurate data delivered to them regularly, they can detect potential problems before they become full-blown issues.
A CMS can automatically gather important data and metrics, so you, as a project manager, can make better and more informed decisions as you move towards project completion.
Transparency is important in construction. From monitoring the performance of teams in different departments, to what materials are being used, to where equipment is being deployed, down to everyone’s work schedules. Ensuring transparency in every facet of construction is critical to success.
A CMS isn’t intended to replace the role of a project manager. Rather, it’s a tool that’s meant to complement a good project manager’s experience and instinct for running a project. If you think your project managers could benefit from the features of a CMS, get in touch with us today and learn more about how we can help you and your team achieve operational excellence today.