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Let Collaborative Planning Make Your Job Easier

by Touchplan | February 29, 2016

One fear of working collaboratively, is that more time spent on front end planning will only serve to increase the cost of the project. Project Managers worry that implementing this on a project will make their job harder, and hurt their bottom line. The reality is that when you harness the experience of your subcontractors, […]

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Casino Construction ‘effectively on hold’

by Touchplan | February 26, 2016

In a press conference on Wednesday, Wynn Everett President Robert DeSalvio announced that plans for the new casino were on hold pending Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s appeal of an environmental permit for waterside construction projects. The project isn’t cancelled, but with these announcements, basically, the construction of the Wynn resort is effectively on hold.

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3 reasons Subcontractors love Collaborative Planning.

by Touchplan | February 24, 2016

When we first bring up to benefits of collaborative planning to PMs there is usually a concern that subs will not be interested in this way to plan. They question whether it would make sense with their project teams. There are many reasons why subs should be interested in collaborative project planning. Here are the […]

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How to Organize a Smarter Planning Session

by Touchplan | February 23, 2016

Good planning is a fundamental tool of a successful construction project. Michael has has already written a great article about smarter planning and collaboration. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely look it over. Successful project managers get their project teams to talk and trust each other to act in the best interest of the […]

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6 Steps for Becoming a Better Facilitator

by Touchplan | February 18, 2016

An effective facilitator can be the difference between a productive planning session and a frustrating waste of time. Your job, as facilitator, is to move along the collaboration without taking over and running the meeting. You should facilitate an effective conversation and not dominate the discussion. If you manage the meeting successfully you will keep […]

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2016 Construction Spending Forecast

by Touchplan | February 17, 2016

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released their semi­annual Consensus Construction Forecast. This compilation of the nation’s top seven construction forecasters is predicting 8% growth in spending for 2016, as well as an additional 7% growth for 2017. The 2016 numbers point to a 10% increase on the commercial/industrial side and 7% for institutional […]

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Lean Construction Management

by Touchplan | February 16, 2016

Take a minute today and head on over to Capterra Construction Management blog. “The Ultimate Guide to Project Management Methodologies for Construction” features our very own Michael Sullivan.

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Weekly Meeting Tips from a Lean Expert

by Touchplan | February 8, 2016

Last week I sat down with our in-house Lean construction expert Michael Sullivan. Michael has 24 years of contract and construction project management experience. This experience serves him well here at Touchplan when he leads our clients through the pull planning sessions and weekly progress meetings.

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Smarter Planning Starts Today

by Touchplan | February 3, 2016

Would you like to save time and money on your project? Are you interested in reducing the stress and headaches on your current and future projects? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then we have just the thing for you.

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Crowdsource your Plans

by Touchplan | January 25, 2016

Ok. When it comes to planning, maybe the concept of sourcing ideas from a large online community (the definition of crowdsourcing) is a bit extreme. That being said, if your project team isn’t actively part of your planning process, you are missing out on some huge benefits.

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