Manage with Contracts for Project Success

Agreeing to a contract

Manage with contracts to improve your project success. Define scope and roles clearly. Putting a lot of the project work out to contract is one way, with the benefit of being able to control the schedule and cost by applying contract terms. Or contract internally.

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Hold Points

Construction worker holding clipboard for inspections

Set hold points for your projects, in the scope documents, specifications and especially on the drawings. Enforce inspection of these hold points, to ensure the scope and quality requirements are met.

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Building Approvals

Make sure you specify in contracts and specifications that contractors are responsible for obtaining all relevant building and plumbing approvals for their work. Put that in writing but also verbally …

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Watch External Dependencies

Keep a careful watch on external dependencies. External things such as deliveries, contracts, and approvals that could delay your project if late. They may not be your direct responsibility and …

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Check the Status of the Supplier

Before the final signing of a contract with a supplier or contractor, review their status to make sure they are still capable of delivering as originally discussed. They may have …

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Outsourcing

Recognise that outsourcing some tasks might be more efficient. Especially if your organisation is struggling to recruit enough people to fill needs (in a tight market). Paying an external expert …

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Cap the Stakes

Make sure all stakes on a construction site are capped with coloured safety caps. This is probably a requirement in many countries. It obviously reduces the risk of injuries, and …

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