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Does you project have a managed action plan?


If you don’t know what to do or where to go, no matter what you do or how hard you work, you will never achieve your desired outcome – Tony Robbins, In other words, to make your dream home come true you need an action plan, your architect and contractor need an action plan for design and execution and you need to manage them all.

Your action plan should be:

1. Desired result

a. How will you use the space?

b. Desired objectives

i. View

ii. Space

iii. Ease

iv. Style

2. Material selections

3. Time frame


Architect action Plan

1. Schematic design options

2. Design concept

3. Construction documents and specifications

4. Design & Bid schedule


GC action plan

1. Pricing/Bid

2. Contracts

3. Project schedule

4. Vendor Buy out

5. Material selection schedule


This is a simplified list; each point will require a lot of time and effort. For example, “vendor buy out” by the GC could last 2/3rds of the project but each trade must be bought out in a timely manner in order to execute the project schedule and that buy out may be dependent on the owner’s material selections and final design by the architect. It all works together and must be managed.


You need to decide what you want; the architect will then turn that into a scope of work and the GC executes. Simple. But without a managed plan of action, each phase will linger on and the entire process will begin to spin on itself with no end in sight. You or your construction COO need to manage each step, sometimes the hardest is managing yourself, while managing others. You are running this show, if you don’t know what you are doing seek out help from someone who does.