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Project Management Training

Project Management TrainingProject Management Training is tough and the learning curve is large. In addition to your technical expertise, you need to master the strategic thinking skills necessary to "see" beyond the technical detail to the end result of the project and the business value it will create. You need planning skills, budgeting skills and all of it must be wrapped with effective communication styles that you can adapt to a myriad of audiences; executives, team members, technical specialists, line managers and many more. The consistently effective PM makes effective assignments to team members and can motivate to high levels of performance even when they have a number of other assignments and a "real" job. If your week in math, your Project Management Training should include boning up on your math skills. You need to master the estimating process both for the overall budget and duration of a particular job as well as for scheduling individual people and their assignments for that job.

Your Project Management Training should include the following:

Contract Administration
Contract Administration focuses on making your staff more contract savvy and the proper management of contracts.

  1. Recognizing and clarifying subjective and risky contract language. Make sure your not responsible for items not in you scope of work or are you being charged for services or equipment you are not using. Such as clean up of job site or lifts, lulls etc.
  2. Recognizing and managing time related administration issues. Don't agree to meet unrealistic schedules.
  3. Prioritizing contract performance requirements
  4. Identifying notification requirements

Document Control
Project Management TrainingOne of the most challenging aspects of construction today is timely and proper communication. A large part of the communication takes place in the form of a RFI, COP, Sketch, Submittal, Transmittal, Drawing, COR, CCD, Letters and now E-Mail.

How your staff manages the processing, distribution and filing of these documents is critical to the project's success. Document control should be the foundation of your focus and training. Whether your a PM working for a contractor, construction management company or a sub-contractor, the paperwork and documentation must be meticulously kept up to date and followed up regularly. The jobs will flow much better and disputes will be settled quicker and in your favor.

  1. Terms and glossary for each document type
  2. Seeing the "big picture" of how each type of communication affects the project
  3. RFI(s)
  4. Transmittals
  5. Submittals
  6. Correspondence
  7. Contract Documents
  8. Change Orders
  9. Change Order Requests
  10. Change Order Proposals
  11. Subcontractor Change Orders
  12. Document logs
  13. Distribution systems and methods
  14. Computer file management
  15. Filing systems

Cost Control
Project Management TrainingCost Control is the pinnacle of your project management training. The project manager's cost control efforts will help in better understanding the entire process by incorporating the principles of the previous disciplines. The jobs must make a profit and any potential cost overruns must be dealt with immediately.

  1. Establishing the project's budget and estimate codes
  2. Cost coding and accounting
  3. Subcontractor and vendor cost tracking and administration
  4. Change order proposals
  5. Change orders
  6. Field change directives
  7. Labor and material cost tracking and reporting
  8. Cost analysis and projections

CPM Scheduling
Overall the Project Management Training should emphasize a better understand of the relevance and importance of a project's schedule to the overall construction process.
  1. Learn all terms relating to all phases of construction
  2. Scheduling logic
  3. Critical path
  4. Milestones and Constraints
  5. Changes in logic
  6. Schedule updates and use
  7. Reports
  8. Schedule format