Approval Time Limit

Make sure that the contract specifies the length of time allowed for approvals or decisions. When drawings or documents are sent to the client for approval, you need to know …

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Time Forecasting System

Manual Timesheet

A good timesheet and labour forecasting system should make the task of budget forecasting much more efficient and accurate, saving time and money.

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Check Your Authority

Hand signing a document

Avoid problems later by checking early in the project who is responsible for what aspect of the project and who has authority to approve what. Document this.

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Clarify Time Based Language

Problem: Many instructions, requests or orders state the due date requirement as something like “due Thursday” or “by tomorrow”, or even “due October”. However, that is unclear. When the person …

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Notify Client of Delays

Problem: Delays on projects are very common. Wet weather, delays in client review of designs, transport delays due to strikes, and lots of other things can cause delays that are …

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Provide Advance Notice for Meetings

Problem: In most companies, everyone is busy, and they don’t have time to be wasted. People need (and most people prefer) to seeĀ  what is happening and when. Yet many …

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Go to Meetings Prepared

Problem: So many project meetings are run by people that are not really prepared for the meeting. They don’t have the proper documents or information, they may not have an …

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Wet Weather Delays

Problem: Wet weather can severely impact the delivery schedule (and associated costs) of a project that includes works outside or that is dependent on outdoor work. Solution: If you are …

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Organise Design Carefully

When doing a project that requires design, you should plan the time required for design carefully and allow adequate time for the design to be completed. You should also write …

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