Week number two is in the books! I have spent much of this past week at different construction sites as opposed to in the office. From seeing how things have been moving along each day, I have learned how important it is to keep track of the progress being made as a project manager.
This past week, we spent a lot of time noting the progress being made on a couple of different projects. Before we went out to the different sites, I familiarized myself with the different architectural, electrical and mechanical drawings for each one. This way, I could compare what needed to be done versus what had been completed so far.
At the beginning of the week, I thought the main reason for keeping track of the progress of each project was to be able to compare it to project schedules. However, by the end of the week, I realized how many other things “progress tracking” is used for. It is important in keeping clients up to date on how their project is moving along. Since you need to look closer at every element of the project, you notice any variations from the drawings and anything that could cause issues down the road. Keeping a record of the progress being made is perhaps most important when evaluating progress claims to ensure the client is satisfied and getting what they are paying for.
All in all, it has been another week of learning for me and I am pleased to say that my steel toes are getting dirtier! There is never a dull moment in this industry and I am enjoying every second here at Vigilant Management.