Project Management to Success in The Construction Industry


With hybrid project management to success in the construction industry

The construction industry is changing, because digitization is massively changing the way all trades work together in real estate projects. Builders have to adapt culturally and structurally. Successful and future-oriented real estate projects require working with agile and classic methods. That requires hybrid project management. explains what that means Bernhard Herzog in a video interview. 

Project management in the construction industry has to change 

Digitization is changing the core business of customers and the construction industry. That is why old structures have to be broken up. With new tools such as BIM , the planning process becomes more transparent. The development goes from the completed trade thinking to a shared responsibility for the success of the project. 

Hybrid project management in the construction industry consists of established and new methods 

 A decision between classic project management and lean project management does not have to be made. Scrum and Design Thinking are also not used in their pure form across the entire project. Instead, hybrid project management offers the opportunity to select the best method for each project section. For example, creative stages at the beginning are often supported with design thinking. In the concept phase, the agile methods are then used more frequently. Lean management, on the other hand, has established itself in implementation. The use of the different methods is therefore very much oriented towards the different phases of a construction project

There are already first practical examples of hybrid project management in the construction industry 

In the transition phase, the transition from classic project management to hybrid project management takes place in small steps. In each individual project, those responsible decide which method to use, when and to what extent, depending on the respective needs.  


Construction project management 

Construction project management is the planning, monitoring and controlling of the construction or structural changes of buildings up to the acceptance by the client. In the life cycle of a building, phases of construction project management and facility management (operation) alternate. 
The management of construction projects can be seen as the archetype of project management - the oldest known large-scale projects such as the pyramids or the Great Wall of China were after construction projects all .

The construction project management is primarily the responsibility of architects and civil engineers. In addition to the traditional architecture and engineering offices, so-called general contractors, general contractors or project managers are increasingly taking on this task. 


Construction project management tasks

The tasks of construction project management include:

  • Coordination of all decisions with the client
  • Planning of the structure in different levels of detail
  • Estimation and calculation of the construction costs
  • Planning the construction
  • Obtaining the building permit from the responsible authority / municipality
  • Tendering, awarding and billing of construction works (AVA)
  • Monitoring and control of the construction process
  • Acceptance and handover of the finished building to the client and the downstream facility management 

Construction project management process

The exact process of construction project management is set out in Germany in the fee schedule for architects and engineers (HOAI) and the construction contracting regulations (VOB). The VOB is mandatory for public construction projects, but is also often used as a basis in the private sector.

Special feature of the construction project management

The particular difficulty of construction project management is that a large number of specialist planners (e.g. structural engineers, heating planners, TGA planners, etc.) and skilled craftsmen are required to complete a building, whose activities are closely linked.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The so-called "Building Information Modeling (BIM)" is intended to optimize the complex process of building projects. BIM is essentially based on a central, complete mapping of both the building and the construction process using software. All specialist planners and executing trades should receive current and consistent partial plans and information from this central building model.










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