You have to expect that, from the very beginning, nothing ever plays out exactly to plan on major construction projects. Things change. Scope changes. Drawings change. People change. There are hundreds of factors that can surface at a moment’s notice – including mistakes, anomalies and unforeseen predicaments – that can cause setbacks and overages.
Being able to react quickly and nimbly to the jams and messes that project managers face on a daily basis, is the glue that keeps projects humming relatively close to expectations and plan. Major projects are big and complicated. There’s a mountain of activity going on every day that requires careful oversight to ensure things don’t go completely off the rails. With the amount of money and risk on the line, organizations clearly have to keep a tight ship or risk significant financial consequences; along with potential erosion of trust and reputation of your organization.
To maintain that tight control over what’s going on, project managers and project controls need to be able react quickly and make informed decisions. To do this, they need reliable, real-time information and the right tools to process that information.
Sometimes this data will indicate that they need to take corrective action to right the ship. Corrective action can mean making difficult choices that have a degree of uncertainty – for example, replacing a subcontractor that’s struggling. Do you keep giving them chances? Or do you cut your losses and risk going with the another contractor? Hopefully, the data you have at your fingertips to make that call will help support your decision, because you don’t typically have a lot of runway to mull it over too long – you need to react quickly and decisively. Whatever you decide, make sure you have that data at-the-ready to justify your decision.