Building is a balancing act

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgHarmonizing Quality, Schedule, and Budget A successful building project requires a common vision of stakeholders. Having everyone on board is paramount – balancing quality, schedule, and budget with individual and team needs can make or break a project. Often these variables are at odds with each other, which makes the planning phase crucial. It also entails a strategic, thoughtful approach.A project manager’s job is to keep things moving… Which means asking the right questions, and setting the right course before building begins. It’s also being nimble enough to adjust to changing project demands and the ability to work together to solve problems. Ultimately, a project manager manages expectations, to ensure clients are pleased with the project not only upon completion but as the years go by.The first step of the project process is the pre-construction phase to align priorities, project requirements, and stakeholder expectations. Through alignment meetings and strategic sessions, stakeholders map an effective strategy based on agreed-upon organizational objectives, including a written statement or Project Charter.Adjusting to project demandsThe CEO’s role is to manage these approved stakeholder expectations throughout construction. Many variables can impact a project, including cost and functionality, and eventually add to or detract from member service. The project manager will guide the CEO through the process with a series of reviews and approvals, and help the CEO to manage change as it occurs during construction. This thorough review and constant check-in process helps to plan for and mitigate risk, and maintain realistic expectations, as the balancing act continues.More about costConsider that a transaction station (or teller line) can have multiple casework design options. For the optimal design, executive management should seek operations and teller feedback on how to best construct the equipment workflow (i.e. printer, monitor, and teller drawer layout). Perhaps not the least expensive solution, a more efficient casework will improve transaction flow and member service.Part of the balance also hinges on decisions about contractors, suppliers, and materials. For example, some materials have a larger initial investment but lead to future savings and improved ROI, such as LED lighting – which has a higher initial cost than incandescent, but offers significant savings over time.SchedulingIf any part of construction lags, costs increase. Here, labor contracts may be extended, property or equipment considerations evaluated or even the local authorities satisfied. As a preventive measure, a project manager should seek approvals from project stakeholders early on, before construction, especially for items with longer lead times, such as steel, glazing, furniture, etc.TeamworkThe importance of team support is never more evident than during the project building process. Leadership can gauge how the internal team operates as a whole and their ability to work under pressure. For the project manager, it can mean continually monitoring project progress, evaluating and aligning outside talent to meet project needs, or managing a project with an emphasis on community ties. It can also be selecting appropriate materials and resources. Balancing all priorities, the project manager will keep the Project Charter on focus and find the right solutions, without decreasing morale. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Colin Winters Colin has 15 years of project management experience and brings a myriad of expertise to the Momentum team. He guides clients through a constant check-in process throughout construction. He is … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more


World Food Day: Five international sports stars who’ve turned vegan

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img FOLLOW US Devika Pawar Written By 10 months ago Virat Kohli hailed by former cricketers for ‘run-machine’ like form Last Updated: 16th October, 2019 15:47 IST World Food Day: Five International Sports Stars Who’ve Turned Vegan On the account of World Food Day, let’s take at vegan international sports stars like Virat Kohli, Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton, Sunil Chhetri & Fabian Delph WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Temba Bavuma’s 3-year-old tweet on watching Virat Kohli bat comes true 10 months ago Virat Kohli set to topple Steve Smith as the world’s No.1 Test batsman LIVE TV Most sports stars follow rigorous diets to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a vegan diet has a variety of health benefits, many sports stars adopt the plant-based diet. According to the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, a vegan diet consists of low saturated fats and cholesterol, which improves blood thickness and helps more amount of oxygen reach the muscles, positively affecting an athlete’s performance. As October 16 is celebrated as World Food Day, here are five sports stars who have adopted a vegan diet.  1. Virat Kohli – Cricketer In 2018, Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli decided to forego protein sourced from non-vegetarian food. The cricketer, who liked having biryani, now has a diet that consists of protein shakes, vegetables and soya. Kohli’s diet has had a positive impact on his game. According to reports, the Indian cricket team captain felt stronger after the diet started, and was not missing meat or dairy.2. Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1 ChampionThe popular F1 racer has been a vegan since 2017. Along with adopting a healthier lifestyle, Hamilton also wanted to boycott animal cruelty and stop damaging the planet. In an interview, he admitted that he finds the cruelty ‘horrible’ and wants to live a healthier lifestyle. Hamilton turned to veganism after being a pescatarian for years.Also read | Superfoods: Here Are 5 Food Items You Should Include In Your Diet3. Serena Williams – Tennis PlayerSerena Williams opted a vegan lifestyle in 2014. The player wanted to lead a healthy lifestyle and believed that it is good to clean out our system. Her sister, Venus Williams, is also vegan. Venus had to adopt a raw vegan diet after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome. Also read | Tomato: How Does Tomato Help In Weight Loss? | Benefits Of Tomato Diet4. Sunil Chhetri – Football PlayerAfter Virat Kohli, it was the Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri who turned vegan. In an interview, Chhetri said that he became aware during an event with football club Sporting Lisbon in 2013. The 35-year-old footballer is now more aware of what he consumes. He also thinks that one should be aware of what works best for one’s body, and following a diet can help in the long run.Also read | Whey Protein: How To Use The Protein Drink For A Fitter Lifestyle5. Hannah Teter – Olympic snowboarder The American Olympic gold medalist is also a vegan. Teter became a vegetarian after watching the movie Earthlings, and then later switched to the vegan lifestyle. In an interview, Teter said that her diet has helped her reach ‘a whole other level’. The snowboarder felt mentally, physically, and emotionally after starting her plant-based diet.Also read | Keto Diet: Know What Food To Eat In Your Weight Loss Plan COMMENT 10 months ago Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli’s adorable tweets that fans crush over First Published: 16th October, 2019 15:47 IST WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more


Health Network Wants Colleague Abort Planned Strike Action

Posted On Jan 15 2020 by

first_imgThe National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia (NHANL) is calling on the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to abort their planned strike action.NWHAL had said few days that they are going to commence a strike action today if their demands weren’t met by the Government of Liberia. Their demands, among others, included the resignation of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, and his principle deputies, including Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn and Cllr. Vivian Cherue.NHANL said in a release that if the strike goes on as planned, it will adversely affect the nation’s struggling public health system and expose patients, including those in critical conditions, to serious danger.The network acknowledged the vital roles trussed upon the shoulders of health workers, including  nurses pertaining to medications and treatments, assistance to both the patients and physicians/doctors as well as, ensuring that patients are  properly examined, comfortable and well taken care of. The group  believes that without the nurses, the few doctors wouldn’t know how the patient’s condition was from the night before to the morning, let alone be able to determine whether the patient’s condition might be improving or declining.The Network is asking all health workers, especially nurses to consider the repercussion  of a strike and resort to bargain with relevant public health authorities through their leadership, as their absence will have adverse effect ailing public health care system.While asking their colleagues to stay put, NHANL also called on the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the House and Senate’s Committees on Health to do everything possible to advert  the impending strike by initiating discussions with the leadership of NHWAL in order to avoid a situation that put patients at risk, and threaten to sharply erode living standards for nurses and their families.Meanwhile, the Network will on hold a strategic planning workshop February, 27 and 28 in Monrovia and subsequently launch a research that would seek to document health challenges in the County, underscoring access and quality of public and private health care with the aim of identifying drivers of maternal and child mortality,  and proffering recommendations to stakeholders in order to find solutions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more