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Better Construction Project Management through Better Communication

Why building sound communication and documentation practices is critical to construction projects

In a previous article, we discussed three important areas of project management and ended by briefly discussing project communication. For any company, it is a good exercise to ask how deliberate your project communication is. Far too often, communication occurs in passing at someone’s desk or in convoluted email chains. Without proper documentation and good communication practices, important information can be lost or doesn’t get to the right person at all. This can lead to angry clients, frustrated employees and loss of profit. How do you prevent communication break downs?

Workforce Development

Take the pressure off recruiting with a focus on workforce development

I continue to hear it, every time I speak with construction leaders: “We can’t find the people we need to meet the current demand!” Leaders know all the reasons, but the approach they take, leaves room for me to question, is this really a recruitment issue or are there other contributing factors that should be addressed?

Workforce Week

The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2017 Workforce Week is almost here, and that makes it a great time to look back on the year and celebrate the successes of ABC peers. Workforce Week, held Feb. 28 through March 3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides merit shop contractors with great educational opportunities to stay on top of emerging trends in the construction industry. The event also offers plenty of opportunities for contractors to improve and grow their existing workforces. After all, a business is only as strong and successful as the people that comprise it.

Gravel Truck

We’re just back from the 2017 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas. One of the largest construction industry shows in the world, each year World of Concrete offers its tens of thousands of attendees the latest looks at products, services, and ideas from the industry’s very best companies and professionals.

Casino Experience

Years ago when I was the editor of a national trade publication covering the business of casinos and gambling industry, I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of marketing professionals about a variety of topics over an eight-year span. During those conversations, a common theme emerged—casinos that enjoyed the most success were the ones that excelled at selling an experience.

construction invoicing software

How much money is your construction or building services company still waiting to receive for work already done? An estimate from factoring firm Fundbox states clients owe $825 billion in unpaid invoices to U.S. small businesses alone. Per small business, that equates to $84,000 for products and services delivered, but not paid for.

Phishing Scam

Through discussions with our client base, we have heard of increasing phishing attacks in the construction industry. There are two primary vectors—one which is targeted at the customer and the other towards the contractor. The attack is similar but with one, you are able to directly mitigate the risk, while the other requires an established policy with your customer.

Job Recruitment

As a member of the Dexter + Chaney team, a millennial and a former construction worker, some of the common perceptions about construction strike a particular chord with me. My family comes from a construction background spanning several generations, so I have the unique perspective of having grown up with construction before I began working for a company that creates construction software. It’s through this window that I have noticed a severe underrepresentation of marketing for construction related careers.

Construction Inventory

Over the past few months, I have had some frustrating experiences surrounding goods and services, or rather, the lack of goods and satisfactory service. Here are a few examples:

When working on a home improvement project, I visited one of the big box home improvement chain stores with a list of items I needed—only to find out that the store was out of stock on half of the goods on my list. I had to drive to another branch, where it too lacked what I needed. Even a visit to a competing chain netted zero results. So my home improvement project remains on the sidelines.

10 Considerations

This is the final installment in a five-part series on how innovative technologies and software are helping project managers streamline processes to build faster, smarter projects

While many project managers today are still utilizing manual processes or working with significantly outdated software, it is becoming clear that this is less of a matter of choice.

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