Tasks Of An Effective Project Manager 

Tasks of an Effective Project Manager have a wide range of descriptions.

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Below is Taken From Wikipedia as it explains very well

A project manager is a professional in the field of project management. Project managers have the responsibility of the planning, procurement and execution of a project, in any domain of engineering. Project managers are first point of contact for any issues or discrepancies arising from within the heads of various departments in an organization before the problem escalates to higher authorities. Project management is the responsibility of a project manager. This individual seldom participates directly in the activities that produce the end result, but rather strives to maintain the progress, mutual interaction and tasks of various parties in such a way that reduces the risk of overall failure, maximizes benefits, and minimizes costs.

Types of Project Managers

Construction Project Manager

Until recently, the American construction industry lacked any level of standardization, with individual States determining the eligibility requirements within their jurisdiction. However, several Trade associations based in the United States have made strides in creating a commonly accepted set of qualifications and tests to determine a project manager’s competency.

  • The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) maintains the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation. The purpose of the CCM is to standardize the education, experience and professional understanding needed to practice construction management at the highest level.
  • The Project Management Institute has made some headway into being a standardizing body with its creation of the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
  • The Constructor Certification Commission of the American Institute of Constructors holds semiannual nationwide tests. Eight American Construction Management programs require that students take these exams before they may receive their Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree, and 15 other Universities actively encourage their students to consider the exams.
  • The Associated Colleges of Construction Education, and the Associated Schools of Construction have made considerable progress in developing national standards for construction education programs.

The profession has recently grown to accommodate several dozen Construction Management Bachelor of Science programs. Many universities have also begun offering a master’s degree in Project Management. These programs generally are tailored to working professionals who have project management experience or project related experience; they provide a more intense and in depth education surrounding the knowledge areas within the project management body of knowledge.

The United States Navy construction battalions, nicknamed the SeaBees, puts their command through strenuous training and certifications at every level. To become a Chief Petty Officer in the SeaBees is equivalent to a BS in Construction Management with the added benefit of several years of experience to their credit. See ACE accreditation.

Architectural Project Manager

Architectural project manager are project managers in the field of architecture. They have many of the same skills as their counterpart in the construction industry. And will often work closely with the construction project manager in the office of the General Contractor (GC), and at the same time, coordinate the work of the design team and numerous consultants who contribute to a construction project, and manage communication with the client. The issues of budget, scheduling, and quality-control are the responsibility of the Project Manager in an architect’s office.

Insurance Claim Project Manager

In the insurance industry project managers often oversee and manage the restoration of a clients home/office after a fire, flood. Covering the fields from electronics through to the demolition and constructions contractors.

Engineering Project Manager

In Engineering project management is the term used to describe the task of seeing a product/device through the stages of R&D/design to manufacturing stages. Working with various professionals in different fields of engineering and manufacturing to go from concept to finished product. Optionally, this can include different versions and standards as required by different countries. Requiring knowledge of laws, requirements and infrastructure. Things like electrical voltages often change from country to country.

Software Project Manager

A Software Project Manager has many of the same skills as their counterparts in other industries. Beyond the skills normally associated with traditional project management in industries such as construction and manufacturing, a software project manager will typically have an extensive background in software development. Many software project managers hold a degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Management of Information Systems or another related field.

In traditional project management a heavyweight, predictive methodology such as the waterfall model is often employed, but software project managers must also be skilled in more lightweight, adaptive methodologies such as DSDM, Scrum and XP. These project management methodologies are based on the uncertainty of developing a new software system and advocate smaller, incremental development cycles. These incremental or iterative cycles are time boxed (constrained to a known period of time, typically from one to four weeks) and produce a working subset of the entire system deliverable at the end of each iteration. The increasing adoption of lightweight approaches is due largely to the fact that software requirements are very susceptible to change, and it is extremely difficult to illuminate all the potential requirements in a single project phase before the software development commences.

The software project manager is also expected to be familiar with the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). This may require in depth knowledge of requirements solicitation, application development, logical and physical database design and networking. This knowledge is typically the result of the aforementioned education and experience. There is not a widely accepted certification for software project managers, but many will hold the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation offered by the Project Management Institute, PRINCE2 or an advanced degree in project management, such as a MSPM or other graduate degree in technology management.


The Project Manager is accountable for ensuring that everyone on the team knows and executes his or her role, feels empowered and supported in the role, knows the roles of the other team members and acts upon the belief that those roles will be performed.[3] The specific responsibilities of the Project Manager may vary depending on the industry, the company size, the company maturity, and the company culture. However, there are some responsibilities that are common to all Project Managers, noting:[4]

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Pulling Building Permits From The City

Pulling Building Permits From The City

Pulling Building Permits From The City

This is a pretty important…..well not pretty important, it’s VERY important process before proceeding with the rebuild on a house fire or an apartment fire.  Whenever your about to start with that phase of the claim you’re going to have to deal with pulling permits with the city.

I’ve dealt with this earlier on in my career and trying to figure out what the city needs for documentation from me in order to issue a permit to rebuild.  Okay, well in our jurisdiction in our area, the city requires us to utilize an architect in order to provide architectural drawings.  They also usually require at the least two sets that are sealed so they can have one for their records.

What else Does The City Require For Issuing Building Permits?

Typically what the City requires is called a Schedule B. The Schedule B is paperwork documentation showing that a licensed architect has provided drawings to a contractor or to the city or whoever needs the structural drawings.
the third thing you need is what’s required is usually a letter of authorization or (LOA) from the registered homeowner, it’s a document from the city that you get the homeowner to sign. It then shows that they are allowing your company to come in and do the required work stipulated of the insurance claim.
TIP>>>l also usually provide two sets of the rebuild specs for the City


So in conclusion, to pull a building permit from the city you will typically be required to provide at least or all of the following

  • Structural drawings from an engineer
  • Schedule B and C  proving that a licensed engineer or architect has all written the architectural drawings.
  • The letter of authorization or (LOA) signed from the registered homeowner.
  • 2 copies or the rebuild specs that was initially provided to the insurance adjuster.
  • In addition also provide any recommendations from the Architect if there’s any structural damage, bearing walls, trusses or joists. Anything that can expedite the process of pulling permits from the city.

I hope this has helped in any way. I wish I knew this earlier on in my career because it would have helped things go a little bit smoother and quicker.

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Communication breakdown and miscommunication between Homeowner, Adjuster and Contractor 

Communication breakdown and miscommunication between Homeowner, Adjuster and Contractor 

Communication breakdown and miscommunication between Homeowner, Adjuster, and Contractor

can happen very easily at the start of an insurance claim. It is paramount that you set the tone for the whole claim at the beginning of the job with clear precise communication between all parties. 

Miscommunication and communication breakdown runs rampant in a lot of industries but because I am in disaster restoration, I see this firsthand and have been the culprit of not communicating properly.

Communication breakdown and miscommunication between Homeowner, Adjuster and Contractor 
Ways to lessen miscommunication or the breakdown of it can really be harnessed by the contractor.

The contractor is hired for a specific reason, that reason is for our expertise in managing the job site with scheduling personnel.(NOT FOR READING OR EXPLAINING POLICY COVERAGE) Restoration Contractors need to ensure right at the beginning of the job what responsibilities WE are going to undertake as well as anything that the homeowner can be a part of.

This ain’t our first rodeo

As contractors and adjusters, we have seen almost everything and been to every sort of scenario. This means we are typically used to dealing with most insurance related situations. However, the homeowner is probably undergoing the first and claim they’ve ever had to deal with. So they usually have no idea what to expect from the contractor, the adjuster, and let alone themselves in this situation.

Once the insurance adjuster leaves the site, the claim and procedures are left to our responsibility to ensure it runs as smooth as possible and communication is kept priority between the homeowner, insurance adjuster and the contractor.

The contractor is the hub of communication

Yes, that’s exactly what I mean! The contractor more often than not is the hub of all things coming in and going out of that job site whether it’s sub trades, in-house crew or paperwork that needs to be compiled to facilitate the claim and keep it moving forward in a timely fashion. This is a lot of responsibility but that’s why we are put in this position to be able to handle whatever comes our way even if miscommunication or misunderstandings arise. We wear many hats on the site and one of the big ones is communication.

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