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3 Reasons Construction Projects Are Unsuccessful

In this article, I will explain 3 reasons why construction projects are unsuccessful. But first, what is the difference between an unsuccessful and a successful project? 


An unsuccessful project fails to meet its objectives or deliver what was planned on time and on budget. On the flip side, a successful project is one that leaves the client satisfied and is completed on time and within budget. 


Any number of factors can lead to project failure, however, there are three factors that most commonly occur: planning, communication and productivity. 


Poor Planning 

Planning is a crucial stage of any project and extreme care needs to be taken when carrying it out. Inadequate preparation is one of the most common reasons construction projects fail. The more time and effort put into planning the project, the better off you’ll be when work gets underway. So, how can you ensure that planning is carried out properly? Start by carefully reviewing and fully understanding plans, specifications, scope of work, and client expectations. Make sure that you work with the client, architect, subcontractors, and suppliers to solidify construction schedules and project milestones. And whatever you do, do not forget these essential factors: management strategy, risk assessments, site-specific plans, procurement/delivery schedules, site logistics and creating the perfect construction schedule.


Communication Breakdown 

Poor communication on a construction project is a recipe for failure. When communication breaks down, it can lead to delays, accidents, costly reworks, and unhappy clients. In order to reach a successful project, any changes to the work or schedule must be communicated with the appropriate parties. So, how can you ensure that communication is upheld on your project? Having a main point of contact that all communication flows through is key. This way, they can document all communication, including emails, phone calls, or in-person conversations. Not only will this help you to work towards a successful project, but it will also support you in any disputes or disagreements that may arise throughout the course of the project.


Productivity Issues 

With the current labour and skills shortages putting strain on the construction industry, productivity is even more of a risk to your project. When it comes to productivity, expectations should be based on your project’s schedule. This schedule requires careful calculation of the man-hours and workers needed to complete each stage of the project. If productivity expectations are not met, you will soon have a problem on your hands. So, if your workers are unreliable, become injured or lack the necessary skills, you need a resolution, fast. There are a couple of steps you can take to ensure that productivity expectations are upheld on your project. Firstly, ensure that you are hiring workers with the right skills and secondly, make sure that each employee knows their role and responsibilities. 


In order to have a successful project from start to finish, it is imperative that you consider the challenges of planning, communication and productivity. Otherwise, you could find yourself with an unhappy client, putting you at risk of a damaged reputation and financial losses.  


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