Project management is at the heart of what makes a construction project flow. While it deals with the technical sides of budgeting and execution, it also requires a human component, where project managers have to work with the individual needs of the builders, stakeholders, and the community. Whether it is a completely new development, renovation of an existing building or a new fit out, project managers need to have the expertise to deliver and excel for the client to ensure the contract will be completed on time, on budget and exceeding the client’s expectations.
There is a wide selection of project management software available that could potentially assist building contractors in their project management of large scale construction jobs, in which working to a tight schedule is vital.
Project Management Software Options
These four are the better-suited solutions for construction companies and independent building contractors alike:
LiquidPlanner is a predictive project management software for modern business. This online software provides fast-moving, distributed teams the ability to plan, track, schedule, collaborate and manage resources across an entire portfolio of projects in real-time. LiquidPlanner helps teams do the right work at the right time, gaining detailed insight into resource availability.
Paymo is a modern and intuitive project management application for small/medium businesses that bundles time tracking, task management and invoicing all together into one package. This means that you can keep track of the entire lifetime of a project (from creation until getting paid) without having to use and pay for several apps.
SpiraPlan provides a complete agile project management system in one package that manages your project’s requirements, releases, iterations, tasks and issues, all in one environment. Designed specifically to support agile methodologies such as Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, DSDM and Agile Unified Process (AUP) it allows teams to manage all their information in one environment.
Hydra’s professional services automation software drives fast knowledge transfer and adoption of best practices. Hydra is designed to help organisations define, execute, control and govern their projects, to ensure consistent and successful results every time a project is delivered.
Whichever project management software you choose, it is important to have predefined goals outlined at the start so that each member is working to the correct time schedule, and ensure open channels of communication throughout the duration of the construction project.