We have all been there before, anxiously waiting for the construction deadline to arrive and the project to be completed, only to find out that another unexpected delay has come up. There are many different reasons why construction projects so often end up taking much longer then anticipated and I’m here to explain not only why they come up, but also how to handle them.
Here’s a list of the most common reasons of construction project delays, as well as my tips for dealing with them:
Construction happens outside and on of the top reasons for delays is bad weather. Weather predictions are getting better these days and project managers should always check the weather forecasts during project planning to provide the most accurate projections of when the project will be complete.
Bad Time Estimates
Time estimating is one of the most critical elements of project planning. Sometimes, inexperienced project managers produce unrealistic and overly optimistic time schedules. Consider involving all key planners (owner, architects, consultants, subcontractors, etc.) Including experienced people in the project planning phase tends to reduce the risk of delays due to poor project schedules.
Lack Of Finances
Inability to pay contractors on time or to purchase the material needed for the job can significantly impact the project schedule. Make sure that you involve the people who will perform the work in the estimation process and secure required funding ahead of time that is needed for smooth project delivery.
Lack of Information
Getting the right information at the right time, at the right place is just as important as producing that information. Building from outdated drawings is a widely known problem. Put appropriate processes and tools in place to organize, manage and distribute project information.
Inadequate communication can derail a project very easily. Every week, or at every month, all the key players should receive a status report explaining what is happening on the project. If the project is behind schedule, everyone should get together and find out the reasons and corrective actions.
Inadequate Project Tracking
Projects that are not tracked daily, can fall behind very quickly. Projects performance should be tracked in real time as well as important cost and time information. All the key players should get together every week to compare the performance with the expectations and take corrective actions.
Lack Of Collaboration
Not involving the key stakeholders early on and not collaborating with them throughout the project lifecycle can cause many problems. The scope change and rework due to lack of collaboration can easily derail the project. Set up the right culture, systems and processes for successful collaboration.