Project Management

Using Check-ins as a Superior Project Management Hack

use weekly emails check-ins to supercharge client relations

As an engineer, you are tasked with a lot of challenging things. It could be a design or a presentation, but one of the most challenging tasks I have encountered as an engineer is dealing with people while serving in a project management role! Working with and cooperating with co-workers is one thing—you or your company controls who works for you. What no one truly controls is who you work for! Of course, you can choose to not bid on a project or decline the opportunity to join a team, but if you are not willing to work for clients you will not get far in this industry.

When you are hired by a client you open the door to serving their needs. You provide your expertise and knowledge to assist them through a process and ultimately deliver to them a product that they can then use. Being able to do this is one thing, but being able to work with the personality of the client may be another thing. Let’s walk through one of the best things I ever do as a project manager and where I have had a great deal of success, in part, because of this simple task.

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Great Project Managers are the official Mortar of Engineering

Being a great project manager means you need to be the mortar that holds your team together. You are vital to your company's success.

The strength of a masonry wall depends on various factors, including the type of masonry material used (e.g., brick, concrete block, stone), the quality of the construction, and design considerations. Generally, a well-constructed masonry wall can resist the highest load and stress. Mortar is the material that holds the individual masonry units together. In an engineering firm, Project Managers are the mortar of all engineering projects.

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Why Looming Friday Deadlines Can Hinder Professional Success

deadlines can help you win or lose in the game of professional success

Professional engineering and project management require deadlines to be established a met. After all, our work focuses on delivering our expertise to others, for their use. Whether it’s a geotechnical report, a set of high-quality construction plans, or anything in between – the people paying for professional services expect something of value in return.

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