There are many definitions of what a Project Manager is and what they do, and it is sometimes difficult to explain to a prospective client the benefits of employing one.
Below are a few of the tasks a Project Manager undertakes;
Creating a detailed Project Plan at the outset with targets and milestones so all involved know what is going to happen and when. This needs to monitored and updated as the build progresses to keep the project on track.
Creation of a realistic budget and contingencies which can only come from experience. Stage Payments shuld also be tracked and monitored.
No matter how well planned, there will always be unexpected complications or additions. Changes during the build process are common and unless controlled, a client can find themselves over budget with no record of where those costs accumulated.
Supervision & coordination of labour, materials, inspections, payment dates are all essential to keep a project on track.
Every build brings its own unique set of issues to overcome. An experienced Project Manager needs to think on his feet to find a resolution or re-organise works until a resolution can be found.
Ensuring your build not only meets Building Regulations, but that the finished article is of a high quality.
Kevin McCloud Grand Designs Handbook - "The Project Manager is the most important role after the architect; one individual who takes the responsibility for seeing the whole project through from start to finish. The best team arrangement is, in my view to employ an architect, an independent project manager and a builder or set of sub-contractors."
UK Association of Project Managers - "Project management is the process by which projects are defined, planned, monitored, controlled and delivered such that the agreed benefits are realised. Projects bring about change and project management is recognised as the most efficient way of managing such change."
UK Office of Government and Commerce - "Experience has shown that projects are inherently at risk – through overrunning on time and cost and/or failing to deliver a successful outcome. Project management helps to reduce and manage the risk."
Business Management Magazine Online - "Having good project management skills does not mean you have no problems. It does not mean that there are no surprises. The value of good project management is that you have a proactive mind set and standard processes in place to deal with all of these events."
Channel4.com/4homes - "Time is Money. One of the most demanding aspects of any self build is the project management. This isn’t a role that just anyone can take on. It demands the ability to juggle the ordering of materials, worker priorities and everything else that gets the house built, including the money."
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