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The Importance of SDI Profiles

Technical knowledge is no the only requirement of a Project Manager.  Their most important role is to motivate everybody on the project to get the job done on time. After all, you cannot just set up a plan for a project and expect it all to happen without any intervention.  The German military strategist Helmuth…

11 Selecting Professional Advisors and Contractors

The 7 Stages for Selecting Professional Advisers and Contractors

One  of the most important tasks on any project is to select Professional Advisers and Contractors.  Making the right choices has a direct effect on the success (or otherwise) of the project. Making these crucial appointments is the foundation of creating a good project team.  This should be the initial focus of the Project Manager,…

12 Successful Contract Administration

10 Principles for Successful Contract Administration

The aim of any Contract Administrator is to apply fairly the terms and conditions of the signed contract.  This requires a mix of essential personal skills including: Organisational skills Technical appreciation Knowledge of the processes Decision-making skills Fairness If the role is done properly it brings certainty to all parties involved, which provides the benefits…

13 Growing a business

10 Benefits of Growing a Business

Even in tough economic circumstances, it is beneficial for every business to think about growth. You can be sure that your competitors will be looking to grow and obtain your customers or your share of the market. There are many reasons that showcase why growing a business is beneficial such as: Greater profitability by spreading…

14 What makes great contract delivery_ - Part 3

What Makes Great Contract Delivery? – Contract Preparation – Part 3

Over the last few weeks we have set out how to approach making sure that the wishes of the client have been captured and made clear.  The next stage is to make sure that the contract documents actually capture this intent.  The documents that you use for tender or negotiation are the first impression that…

15 Contract Definition - Part 2

What Makes Great Contract Delivery? – Contract Definition – Part 2

Defining a contract is essential to running it efficiently. If it cannot be defined, that the risk and management framework is in place to manage the changes effectively.  However, the best advice is always to nail down everything that you possibly can.  The benefit of this is that it creates certainty for all parties involved.…

16 Delivery Philosophy - Part 1

What Makes Great Contract Delivery? – Delivery Philosophy – Part 1

The delivery phase of any contract is where the rubber meets the road.  All the plans, thinking, documentation, meetings and relationships to date are put through their paces.  In this 5 part blog series, Paul Wilson – Managing Director of Provelio – offers some advice to help project teams perform at this crucial stage of any…

17 Exception Reports

Why Exception Reports are a Key Project Capability

A decision-making project board will typically govern well run projects. The board are informed of updates through formal monthly reports. The PM will present the reports information such as project status and forecast in a clear and unambiguous manner. This report makes clear what has been done and what is planned in the coming month.…

18 How to improve Quality in your projects

How to Improve Quality in your Projects

The most successful project leaders are clear about what they want. Not just as project objectives but right down to the end product and components.  The more they know about their requirements the more specific they are able to be about it.  As a result the supply chain can clearly understand the expectations. They can…

19 Cyber Threats

Cyber Threats in Perspective

“Glass, China and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended” – Benjamin Franklin Cyber-threats have become a significant additional risk to business as can be determined from the following statistics: 49% of Executives believe that risk management is becoming more important to achieving strategic goals.  (Deloitte 2018) 84% of boards say that they have discussed…

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How do you get projects done on time?

Time is the one resource on a project that, once lost, you can never get back. Here are the 5 actions which we take to ensure that your project finishes on time:

  1. We make sure that everybody on the project is made conscious of the importance of doing things on time - so that they can provide the right resources for timely completion.
  2. We start with the programmme; initially with little detail and a lot of assumptions about what may go wrong! We allow time for the things which we cannot foresee now. As we learn more about the project, we put the new detail in the project and replace our assumptions with accurate forecasts of the time required for each activity.
  3. We consult widely so that every party gets to see what they need to provide to others - and crucially what information they will need (and from whom) so that they can do their job on time.
  4. We produce very clear information on the programme - which is computer aided - and we encourage people to “shout” if they do not understand it.
  5. We resist change to scope of the works strongly (particularly during construction), so that delays are avoided.

If we stick to these 5 actions, in our experience, the project can be completed on time.

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How do you keep projects within budget?

It is vital that a project is completed within the budget. Here are the 7 actions which take to make sure that this happens:

  1. In the first few days of a project we establish what we the Client wants and the programme within which it is required - these are the two main drivers of cost.
  2. As the design develops, we discuss the content of the project with the designers and test their confidence in the adequacy of their design.
  3. We also discuss the state of the design with the Quantity Surveyor and ascertain their confidence in the adequacy of their costs.
  4. Before it goes to tender, we take the designers and quantity surveyors through a lengthy checklist designed to establish whether there are any gaps or exclusions - these are usually items on which there are options about who does the design.
  5. Assuming that we find gaps or exclusions, we ask the team to establish a cost for each of them.
  6. Having completed this exercise, the only thing that remains to be done is to add a contingency sum for things that are “unforeseen and unforeseeable”.
  7. As the project progresses, we maintain strong discipline on cost control.

If we stick to these 7 actions, in our experience, the project can be completed within budget.

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Where do you start on a project?

We like to prepare a project brief in conjunction with our Clients. 

This means that you have the benefit of expressing what you want, while bringing our experience of other projects into play.  We can help you to avoid errors or omissions from the outset. 

Here are the four main actions we take to ensure that your project starts in the right way: 

  1. In our opinion, a brief is not something which should be done by the Client in isolation.  We have informal sessions with you to ensure that the brief is heading in the right direction. 
  2. Where necessary we can bring in other people with the right experience to help with the brief.  This may be the Architect, Engineers or a Contractor. 
  3. We attempt to find the essence of a project so that you can identify what you are trying to achieve rather than how you are going to do it.  This allows you to take account of changes to ways of working and advances in technology. 
  4. We then bring the brief together by ensuring that the Client and the Design Team discuss the detail to check that it is sound in all respects. 

If we stick to these 4 actions, in our experience, the project can start in the right way. 

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