The top 10 ways to prevent major screw-ups
December 4, 2001
(Architectural sheet metal contractors know well the pressures faced on today’s job sites. Avoiding some of the major hazards was the subject of a forum at the SMACNA 58th annual convention in October in Boca Raton, Fla. Moderators included Richard Hayes and Tom Soles; panelists included Kevin Cash; David Cremons; and Robert Zahner. We present the first installment here in our post-convention coverage.)
10 – Assuming that Everything Will be Fine
- Assuming that pre-contract goodwill will prevail throughout the project.
- Getting too focused on what you will do next after this job is completed.
- Assuming that you will get competent performance out of an unskilled or poorly trained workforce.
- Not bothering to understand the track record of the owner/developer.
- Selecting subcontractors and suppliers based solely on price even if unknown or previously unreliable.
- Not understanding importance of reputation to long-term success of business.
- Use experienced people in key positions and keep them.
- Place highest priority on workforce training and supervision.
- Establish procedures for detection and reporting of problems.
- Emphasize reliability in selection of subcontractors and suppliers.