Just before site handover when there’s the briefest of naval gazing after a frantic fitout, one of the trades asked me what I had actually done on the project. “Nothing. I’m the project manager” I replied, tongue firmly in cheek.
But it got me wondering. Project managers don’t measure walls. Or draw up CAD plans. We can’t sign the Heads of Agreement. And you don’t find us driving the removalist trucks, or in the comms room patching through the cabling.
So, what do project managers do?
Do you need one at all?
Project management is the planning and achieving of a specific goal, delivering to the triple constant of time, budget and scope. Previously handled in-house by design and construction firms, project management’s origins date back to the 1950’s and has evolved from the engineering discipline to become an independent profession and play a pivotal role in the delivery of projects.
Interestingly, within the niche industry of finding and delivering workspaces our biggest competition is not other project management firms, but clients running their projects in-house. So what are the benefits of engaging a project manager on your next relocation project?
A good project manager will:
So, do you need a project manager?
We think the question should actually be: Do you have the internal resources, skills and experience to not just deliver but maximise your fitout and relocation project?
With BRM offering a range of services from full project delivery right down to hourly advice or online tools to download, there’s a service to suit everyone’s budget and requirements