04
Mar

A special guest blog by Tyler Pare of FMI

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Project managers often control in excess of $1 MM, $5 MM, even $ 10 MM in annual contract revenue and risk. However, project managers often do not view themselves as business managers. They view themselves as middle management – cogs in the wheel of a great machine that churns through backlog year-in and year-out – leaving the business issues up to division managers and executives. FMI Corporation has been on the consulting equivalent of a crusade for more than six decades, attempting to dispel the faulty notion that shrewd business acumen amongst project managers is anything less than essential for successful construction firms. If financial awareness and leadership capabilities are lacking at the project manager level in your organization, consider the tactics below to hone the focus of the most important management echelon in your organization.

25
Feb

workflow imageIt’s certainly been a busy start to 2015. The economy is growing. Construction business is booming again and everyone in our industry – from owners to contractors to vendors – is scrambling to try and keep up with significantly greater workloads. While being busy is generally good news, what we need to be careful of is losing business focus in the meantime – not seeing the forest for the trees.

11
Feb
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workflow image Each year, at the end of April, we host our annual users’ conference. Folks from all over make the trek to beautiful Seattle, Washington to learn more about their Spectrum software, and also to see what new features and applications we have in store. It’s a great event. Though we love hosting the conference, it takes a great deal of planning and collaboration company-wide. Departments are tasked with organizing various activities, and how they will get done. It’s a large undertaking with many moving parts. That’s why we establish workflows to make sure everything gets done efficiently. We each have a specific role to play in putting the event on, and we know who we need to work with most closely.

11
Feb

marketing at world of concrete Last week I had the pleasure of attending the World of Concrete tradeshow in Las Vegas. Something we like to do every year, in addition to showing off our latest construction software and mobile apps, is to provide an open bar at our exhibit booth. Visitors could grab a cold beer, glass of wine, soft drink or just a cold bottle of water.

22
Jan

budgeting for construction jobsDuring this time of year, it seems one thing is on everyone’s minds: football. From the casual fan to the die-hard face-painting types, people love to talk about the game they just watched. I think it’s great. The camaraderie, being a part of something bigger than yourself, the tightening of a community—these are all wonderful things. It all stems from teamwork. Everyone on a contending football team contributes to the team’s overall success with their own unique skills to accomplish something they couldn’t do alone.