A key aspect of the success of an industrial project is effective project management. Project management affects a wide array of aspects of a project from the beginning stages, through intensive middle stages, and into completion. Let’s take a look at the role of project management during industrial projects and some of the areas that it affects.
Facilitating Effective Communication and Collaboration
One of the most important roles of project managers during industrial projects is facilitating effective communication and collaboration between the different teams and departments working on the project. With effective communication projects can easily become delayed even if each individual team is on track with their particular responsibility. This is because situations may arise that require rescheduling or an adjustment to the timeline.
Planning and Sequencing
Another major responsibility of project managers during industrial projects is planning and sequencing for the project. The different phases and subphases of the industrial project must be completed in an efficient sequence to ensure maximum productivity and best time management. Often an error in planning and sequencing can result in serious delays or a failure to meet the anticipated project timeline and completion date. It may be necessary to adjust the sequence of various tasks and phases as new situations develop.
By their nature, industrial projects are often extremely expensive endeavors requiring huge amounts of material, labor, and costly equipment. It is easy for costs to spiral out of control without effective project management. Good project managers will make decisions about the project’s needs based on a bigger picture and deeper understanding of the overall budget. Effective project management may also allow unnecessary costs to be eliminated. Finally, good project managers will know when it is necessary and even critical for the project to go over budget in one area and may be able to lower costs in another area to compensate.
As discussed above, industrial projects typically have a very large labor force. It is crucial that workers are scheduled with maximum efficiency in mind. Having too few workers to complete a task can delay the project. By contrast having too many workers on the clock who are not being productive will cut into the budget and drive up costs. However, project managers also need to schedule deliveries and ensure that all materials and equipment are in place at the time they are needed.
Good project managers must have a big-picture view of the project as a whole. This allows them to understand which aspects of the project are of the highest priority at any given time. Top-level priority tasks must be completed first or set in motion before lower-level priority tasks are undertaken otherwise the entire success of the project may hang in the balance.
At an industrial site filled with heavy machinery and materials safety must be the focus at all times. Accidents can be prevented with diligence and an eye toward removing hazardous conditions and correcting unsafe behaviors. Sometimes this may require intervention by the project manager, even if other safety measures are in place but if they are found lacking. Effective project managers will also take safety into consideration with undertaking all elements of management including scheduling, cost controls, and setting priorities. Nothing is worth the risk of injury and accidents.
Polaris Provides Reliable Project Management
Polaris is committed to providing top quality, reliable project management to our clients. We have the experience, resources, and expertise it takes to manage projects safety, effectively, and efficiently. Contact us to learn more about our project management services and how we keep industrial projects of all size and scope on track.