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Old 08-30-2019, 04:34 PM   #1
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Construction Project Management: A necessity?


Does any of you guys use project management software for your work? Does it help?
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I was too small and too experienced when that became available so never used it. But management is very important. Unfortunately throwing software at it is not necessarily the solution. Garbage in and garbage out. What I'm saying is you need to be able to do ALL of the managing without the software before you add the paper organizer to the process.

Our one major customer always had their projects and schedules set up with charts and graphs. Some were good, others went to He!! in a hurry. Reason, the people who set them up didn't have a clue as tohow long jobs should take.

So what are you building and are you wanting to be the GC?

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I agree with @Bud9051 , not all plans from software will stand the test. I have been Project manager for a few projects at our local college and have to make corrections to plans on the run. Just because it has ink doesn't mean the person making them had ever been to your site, or any site for that matter. Project management will be hands on to begin with, with the pretty stuff later, as Bud said.
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think things were much easier when shirts had 2 pockets,,, like bud & chan, we've got clients who use proj mgmnt programs w/NO idea of what's actually site-rqd,,, they can read calendars & closing dates but ignorant about all else
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If you do the type of work where projects are months long (or longer), I can see where a GANTT chart can be very helpful in creating a schedule, and being able to see progress according to schedule.

Depending on the type of work you do, the finish date is sometimes defined before you start the job, so you can plug in the milestones you need to hit to make schedule. And then you review the schedule and realize "I'm f$%^ed".
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I am still in search for the right project management software. I've heard good things about Procore, but not sure since I believe this might be for bigger firms? Or will it also work for a medium sized firm?
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It’s not necessarily the size of the firm, but the size or complexity of the projects you are trying to manage with the program.

The software isn’t going to manage anything for you. It’s just going to present the data to you in an easily read format, quicker than humans can gather it and prepare similar charts manually.

You still need someone that can make decisions off of the info displayed. It’s not going to tell you what to do when you are behind schedule. Nor is it going to catch the guy that is reporting non-realistic numbers (eg percent complete) to you.
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