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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Suppliers List

Problem: I have been in plenty of companies and government departments or organisations where each project manager uses different supplier or contractors for the same tasks. Yet these project managers …

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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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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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