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For every hour spent resolving conflicts, the average project is set back three hours.

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Reduce conflict… time well spent.

Invariably, conflict distracts employees from otherwise productive use of their time. According to CPWR research, managers spend 30% to 42% of their work time dealing with conflicts. Translate this loss on a high value project spanning over five – your project schedule could be put back over a year. And consider the increased chaos when there are multiple collaborators on a project, each with their own set of work packages and subcontractors, are involved.

On large projects, conflict is bound to happen. To successfully manage conflict and reduce tension between various parties, shared project information should be a key part of the project’s overall management plan. The time lost and the cost of conflict will be reduced significantly. As a result, project quality will improve, with less rework, less schedule slippage, fewer cost overruns, and ultimately, less overall frustration for all parties involved. Don’t you agree?

You know inefficiencies like this increase the amount of time and resources needed to finish the project, leaving you with low productivity rates and high costs. So what’s to stop you from looking at new approaches? The potential cost? If it saves you delaying a project by a year, is that not saving enough?

Why not check out the free social collaboration platform Kona and see how this can help with your project communication and avoid future conflicts.



Author: smartsoftware

Smartsoftware is an international provider of software solutions for the architectural, engineering, construction and professional services industries. Providing everything from project management, financial management, document control and resource planning to time collection and business development, our integrative products offer a total business solution – designed to streamline workforce processes, improve business performance, and maximise resource potential and increase productivity. Follow us on Twitter @smartsoftware_1

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