SMACNA recently held a fall edition of Project Managers Institute (PMI) from September 22-25 in Denver, Colorado. PMI has long been one of the most popular and well-attended programs offered by SMACNA, and this latest edition was no different.
Presenters Andrew Patron and Brian Dwyer from FMI Corporation worked with participants to give them the essential skills needed to be effective project managers. This included interactive presentations on management, leadership, project planning, time management, and financial management.
As part of the introduction on Sunday, Mr. Dwyer led a group exercise with the participants divided into a “design team” and “build team”. The design team had to provide instructions to the build team on how to build the project. The project was a replica of a plastic model structure. From this exercise participants learned the importance of the 3 Cs: Communication, Cooperation, and Collaboration.
On Monday, Mr. Patron led a session on management and leadership. Participants each completed a profile to identify their management/leadership style and learn how to differentiate between the two styles.
Following this exercise, participants learned about project start-up, turn over from estimating, contractual implications. and turn over to field. Mr. Dwyer then led a discussion on customer-focused construction. This included project bid, project start, construction and closeout. Participants also learned about ethics and integrity in project management.
On Tuesday, Mr. Dwyer presented on financial matters, including an interactive team exercise with each team starting a new company. Participants learned the impact on cash flow, borrowing money from the bank, billings and collections, and common problems affecting closeout.
Mr. Dwyer then presented a session on change order management. This discussion included how to sell a change order, managing change orders, and common problems.
Participants left the program with a personalized action plan to implement upon return to their companies. They learned how to develop and grow profitable customer relationships, build and lead dynamic project teams, and how to understand and master financial control of projects.
The next Project Managers Institute is scheduled for March 29 – April 1, 2020 in Raleigh, NC.
SMACNA members interested in attending or sending employees to a future edition of PMI can contact Bridgette Bienacker, SMACNA’s Director of Business Management and Membership.