Make your next project more efficient, cost-effective, and smoother with this bulletproof strategy
Subpar shop drawings, missed details, not adhering to industry codes, and lack of proper project management skills are just a few of the unfortunately common things that will sink a project.
As head of a project management and engineering consulting firm, my entire business is based on helping fabricators, manufacturers, and industrial distributors produce accurate and easy-to-understand production drawings (to avoid errors in production) and optimize their process workflows.
After three years in this role plus double digits working in the engineering field myself, I see the problems and the solutions clearly. Here are the nine steps I believe fabricators, manufacturers, and industrial distributors can follow to significantly improve their engineering projects.
- Hire a competent and trustworthy partner to oversee the projects
- Calculate your financial expenses carefully
- Formal project planning and forecasting (to avoid bottlenecks and manage stakeholder expectations, among other things)
- Implement six-sigma methodologies for process improvement
- Apply lean manufacturing principles for waste reduction
- Optimize workflow processes
- Commit to building a culture of quality and continuous improvement
- Get high-quality production drawings
- Invest in professional design portfolios and renderings (for presentations and ease of presenting ideas)