Successor: thing that succeeds another
Predecessor: a thing that has been followed or replaced by another.
So, every project schedule has a successor and a predecessor. The goal is to have every activity in sync with the next, avoiding any gaps. Think of it like dominos lined up in a figure 8. The whole goal is to start one domino knocking the next continuously until they are all down. However, if there is one domino that misses or comes up short, it will disrupt the flow. They did not all go down in sync, therefore, no “domino effect”. Now it might be ok if it just happened once, but what if it took ten attempts to knock them all down. Well anyone that has ever set up dominos would set them up right the next time to make sure they all go down in one shot. Superintendents and foreman are the ones who set up the task and activities to start and finish on time. If you’re well planned out and organized, you will have all your dominos lined up and ready to go.
Here are some examples of how this can be achieved.
Planning and thinking through every process can help you mitigate any potential delay’s, cut out unnecessary steps and set you and your crew up to succeed.
Everything doesn’t go as planned 100% of the time, but if you have a good plan and follow through you will be miles ahead of those who don’t.
How many questions a day do you answer?
A Foreman’s responsibility is to answer questions, however, you could be answering more than needed. If you are doing nothing but answering questions all day long, either you’re a Foreman who needs to know all the answers therefore everyone comes to him for everything. Or you’re the nice guy, you know the one who does everything for everyone with a smile.
So how do you know if you are getting asked too many questions a day?
Tomorrow take note of every question you are asked, yes by the end of the day your list might be 10 pages long, it might be only half a page, but it’s data you need to see.
Next as you go through each question you were asked check it with a #1 (this is something you need to be asked), #2 (if someone else could answer it) and #3 (if the person asking the question could’ve resolved himself).
Let’s use some examples of a #1, #2 and #3 question below.
Q: Can we move a temperature PT Cable 1’ to the north- it interferes with an embed?
A number one is worth your time, it deals with a change to the contract documents and has a significant impact on the job, production and design.
Q: I need someone to help me with placing the form oil in the containment bin?
A number two could be avoided by the person asking the question to ask a fellow worker instead.
Q: Do we have saw blades?
A number one could be answered by himself if he knows the location of the tool trailer, gang box or wherever the saw blades are stored.
If you are continuously answering the #2 & #3 look at the overall planning and communication being done.
A number two can be avoided with planning; pre planning deliveries, order list, etc.
If your open to teamwork and set the expectation that we are all here to help when needed, then this one shouldn’t be a problem. But, if you’re over controlling then you will always be answering a number two question.
A number three can be avoided with a simple morning huddle meeting. Walking everyone through the site logistics, material, equipment and tools where they are stored and the procedure to note when something is low or needed. If everyone knows the storage locations and protocol for ordering this will save you a #3 question.
If you can limit yourself to number one questions only you’re managing and leading your team well. We can all improve and this is might seem small but time management is critical for your growth, you don’t want to get overwhelmed and you want to manage your time as efficiently as possible. Everyone wants to help, but, if you’re spending most of your day tracking down tools or materials leaving you with less time to focus on what you should be focusing on which is to run a safe and productive job.
With so many new and exciting technologies for the construction industry It’s easy to get overwhelmed and seems like every time you turn around there is someone saying- hey have you heard about (___) or what we need is (___). So, how do you know which ones are right for you? It starts with questioning every process trying to finding the ones that are time consuming, costly or use excessive manpower. For me it has always been as-built’s, they should always be done, but typically never get done. Why? It’s time consuming or difficult due to jobsite conditions (material, height of floor to floor, lack of manpower) there could be numerous reasons as-builds don’t get done. Yet, what is the cost for repairs if they don’t get done. As-built’s tell the story of what happens before and after loading of the deck; did the camber come out as expected or not. If as-built’s are not done and don’t get noticed until the finish stages of the project where its almost impossible to go back and shoot the top and bottom to see who’s at fault, not to mention floor patching or grinding around finishes, it get’s costly. This is where new technologies come into play, so what if you could create as-built’s as well as FF/FL testing, with apps like Rithm, Scene, (https://rithm.io/ ) and a Farro scanner you can. Yes, it’s an investment with cost. So, if you only pour decks on a couple of jobs a year then it wouldn’t make sense to buy a scanner and the software, however if pouring slabs is your bread and butter than it would definitely be worth while. With so many new technologies out you don’t have to go crazy and buy every new at the same time don’t let the game changers slip past you.
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