Is your construction team singing from the same hymn sheet?
While this widely used metaphor can be used in several ways, let’s consider the hymn to be your construction team’s alignment, where there’s a distinct beginning, middle, and end.
Successful projects start with a clear purpose that pulls team members toward a common objective of accountability and project success. When it comes to aligning construction team peak performance, you need to provide your team with ways to achieve this. Here are steps that will enable them to get and stay on that same sheet (aka their estimates and takeoffs!).
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How productive is your construction team? Are you winning bids yet?
Your construction team is your first line of defense in determining if your projects will succeed. Teams are notorious for storing their project data in a million places, from file cabinets to countless spreadsheets and everything in between. They can find themselves buried in those mountains of paperwork and painstaking data entry. Errors can easily slip through the cracks, just like pencils, slips of paper, and notebooks. Also, don’t forget the problems that spreadsheets have done over the years, taking down even the largest of enterprises. All in all, construction teams need to move away from the old ways of doing things.
You’re also not on the right page if you’re among the 60% of construction companies that rely on manual methods like spreadsheets, pens and paper, or handwritten notes. As far as using current technology, 27% of companies used ad hoc tools such as email, Dropbox, and/or online calendars to manage their construction operations.
It’s no secret that digital innovations can improve your teams’ productivity. With such high stakes, it’s time to stop relying on the antiquated ways of working. Better productivity spells better alignment for peak job performance.
Where’s the collaboration, anyway?
Teams are unable to properly align when there is no collaboration due to multiple platforms and spreadsheets. With the lack of proper tools, there is no communication within the estimation team. Add to this the fact that your team is not operating well because project data is scattered across multiple devices and individuals in field teams. Instead, consider moving into the digital realm so accurate estimates can enable teams to achieve peak performance instead of being held back and losing bids.
You won’t win bids (or are highly unlikely to!) if you’re relying on old methods for your estimating. Ask yourself: “Am I working smarter and faster?” What’s your answer? If it’s no, then you’re setting your estimating up for less-than-desirable results. Smarter and faster means digitized automation. It increases efficiency, minimizes mistakes, and increases your team’s peak performance.
Automating estimating allows you to take on more work and not get bogged down in data entry. Cloud-based estimating software offers a new level of access and connectivity among users. It gives teams the unique ability to share information in real time and collaborate on critical decisions and project plans.
With a centralized repository of project data, a cloud-based estimating platform can accommodate an unlimited number of users simultaneously and offer new levels of project visibility to everyone involved. Estimators, project managers, and field teams are on the same page throughout the life of each project, without the risk of data inconsistencies and errors.
Takeoff construction times can slow down entire projects, and you can quickly fall behind the competition in the bidding process.
Creating a comprehensive construction takeoff can be extremely complex and time-consuming if done by hand. The estimator must understand how to read blueprints and draw item quantities from those blueprints. Errors can happen when a measurement, count, or calculation is wrong. As a result, estimating team performance can be compromised.
Working with digital blueprints over manual ones increases team effectiveness and efficiency. You can potentially cut the estimate and bid preparation time in half. When you use a digital takeoff, it can take the edge out of the guesswork and remove the potential for human error.
Are you ready to align your teams for peak performance? As we’ve seen, going automated can set you up for success. So, why not leverage a digital cloud-based platform?
ProEst is a powerful, easy-to-use construction estimating platform that helps construction companies create accurate, competitive bids for construction projects faster. With ProEst, you can generate estimates, perform digital blueprint takeoffs, store project drawings, and manage the bid day process, all with a single solution. It also enables you to:
Aligning your construction team for peak performance can be a challenge, but it needn’t be. You don’t want to risk your project bids, but you need everyone to be on the same page in the first place. ProEst helps you with its digital platform, enabling you to take control of your estimations and have successful projects.
To learn more about how you can align your commercial construction company’s team for peak performance, reach out today and schedule a 1-on-1 walkthrough with one of our specialists!