How to conduct a good project meeting?

September 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on How to conduct a good project meeting? 

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It is important to understand that meetings cost the company money as it is time each participant/ employee can spend on other work commitments. Therefore, organizing successful meetings should be every meeting facilitator’s goal. Here are some tips on how to make your meetings productive and well worth everyone’s time.

Prepare in advance – Plan ahead and have a clear idea of what will be discussed. Assign tasks and ask participants to bring in information that will be important for the meeting.

Have a detailed agenda – A well-planned agenda will keep the meeting flowing and help make decisions happen. An agenda will also keep your meeting on track and help participants focus on what is important.

Stick to the schedule – To ensure you have good attendance and a great reputation as a good meeting facilitator always stick to the agenda and don’t go over time.

Don’t cancel – If you have scheduled a weekly meeting and have a busy day, keep the meeting short but don’t cancel it. If you cancel a meeting, participants will start to think that the meeting is not necessary and can be considered as optional.

Stay on topic – Remember that staying on topic is important because it will help the meeting gain momentum and be a productive use of everyone’s time.

Written by Lyle Charles. The firm has a long list of experienced, qualified construction experts and will help you select the best construction claims consultant for your case.

Steps to prevent construction project delays

April 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on Steps to prevent construction project delays 

Written by Lyle Charles

Construction delays can cause a project additional funds and open the company to claims. Claims can also incur costs for a firm as they may need to hire experts from construction advisory service firms to assist the company with the case. Therefore, including steps to reduce construction delays is a sensible way to ensure that your project is on time, profitable and that the construction firm maintains its reputation.

Here are some steps to prevent construction delays.

Start right – Accurate planning will help to reduce delays. Therefore, look at creating an accurate estimate with a realistic schedule. Planners should look at areas that can cause delays, and put into place mechanisms to minimize delay days. For those materials that need to be imported or are not on site include additional days to ensure that the project has its materials on time. Select contractors and partners wisely by only considering the quality of their work and reliability.

Watch contract language – Broad contract language can leave the firm and other parties in confusing situations. If your contract includes broad terms like “time is of the essence,” no damages for delay, “” waiver of consequential damages, “acceleration” and “termination” enlist legal counsel for clarification.

Communication – Clear communication with your vendors will inform them when you require your materials and the level of urgency. Ensure your vendors provide you with a delivery schedule as soon as you send them your purchase order.

As your project moves forward, it is important that your team has a construction claim analysis in place to understand a claim as and when they arise.


Lyle Charles is a construction claims consultant who can cater to your construction project needs.