So Much Data, So Little Visibility: Meeting the Challenges of Project Management

Construction companies are under pressure more than ever to deliver quality work on budget and on time in the face of incredibly daunting circumstances. Labor shortages and supply chain disruptions are worsening in an industry already deeply affected by process inefficiencies. Indeed, according to a McKinsey study, 77% of “megaprojects” are delivered at least 40% late, and global construction waste will reach 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.

Although some factors remain beyond the control of manufacturers, inefficient manual processes can be solved by project managers and hinder construction organizations with poor communication and lack of visibility on key information. A Foundry’s recent survey in partnership with Quickbase found that 70% of construction professionals face a lack of visibility into material availability and delivery status, and 55% face communication gaps between project management teams and construction sites.

So where can forward-thinking builders look to solve this problem? The answer seems simple: a site management platform. However, while construction companies have been notoriously slow to adopt new technologies, digital tools in construction aren’t exactly a new concept for builders. In fact, the Foundry survey found that manual processes were not the result of a lack of building technology, but rather that technology tools were even more prevalent in organizations that used them inefficiently. The more organizations manage their workflows manually, the more applications they use. The study found that those who manually manage more than half of their workflows use an average of 12.4 apps, while those who manually manage half or less of their workflows use 8.6. Point solutions further complicate the work of project teams.

The answer to effectively addressing today’s project management challenges is not simply to bring a new point solution into the fold, but rather to make the most of the information you already have, connect your data, and take control of your workflows. The data you already have just needs to be more visible.

The next generation of technological tools

Today’s complex projects require more stakeholders to contribute and more resources to coordinate than ever before. Projects that were once managed on paper and then using digital tools like Excel have outgrown these capabilities. Manual project management is no longer possible. Additionally, the combination of a shortage of technical talent and IT’s lack of familiarity with the specific needs of teams makes building in-house, custom solutions far too difficult.

With challenges such as staff shortages, finding more people to solve problems is no longer sustainable – it’s about putting power and information in the hands of your team to attack the problem from all sides possible. Low-code technology gives project managers the ability to create a holistic solution to the problems they face every day without further siloing data into point solutions or having to wait for an overburdened development team to work. A flexible platform also allows project managers to iterate and adapt their applications to each unique project.

Personalized and connected solution

Low-code technological tools, such as Quick base, integrate information from across your organization and serve as a single source of truth for your unique processes. With more accessible information and the ability to meet the unique needs of each project, key challenges such as security management, management of suppliers, and project monitoring are part of a unified and coherent approach to information through information.

“Low code provides the right multi-tool that construction engineers can use themselves,” said Jacob MacIntyre, director of Quickbase’s client acceleration group, in Acceleration Economy.

Quickbase’s flexible platform allows project managers to see all crucial project data in a single source by connecting systems of record and allows them to take control of all their unique and complex projects. The no-code software platform enables business users to make data actionable by driving visibility and using insights from all the systems they already have.

To learn more about how flexible software helps manage complex projects, check out our Ebook. If you’re ready to get the most out of your project data today, learn more about Quickbase now.