Managing Architectural Design Work
I have always been interested in the 'process' of architecture. Early on, any path I took felt like I was getting somewhere, but sometimes I was and sometimes I wan't. Once I was convinced that the solution to a small school admin office was designing the building from the front door inwards. Two days later with nothing to show for my effort except my boss's observation:
"What in the hell are you doing?"
I guess this wasn't a path that produced useful results.
I continued to be on the lookout for "the Way".
Nearly twenty years later I stumbled upon a magazine article describing when types of design decisions should be made in the design process to minimize re-work.
Finally, a clue!
One of the curious things about the recommended sequence was how they had been broken down by the same 'assemblies' system that I had seen in RS Means' Cost Estimating books.
Later I learned that this was the UNIFORMAT system.
The UNIFORMAT system organizes everything that goes into a building. What is unique about the UNIFORMAT organization is that each division aligns with a whole group of other related tasks.
To some extent these divisions align with groups of drawing sheets, too. Bottom line: the UNIFORMAT system, especially the oldest version, aligns with groups of responsibilities that you could delegate to team members so they won't be stepping on each others toes, or having excessive coordination to do.
Of course, you still need coordination among all Groups, but this shows you how to use the maximum of people for speed with a minimum of overlap in assignments.
This concept of how to organize the work of a project for effectiveness was the impetus for my public Trello board PM-Steps. This board carries the UNIFORMAT Divisions across all design phases. Then the UNIFORMAT Divisions are further subdivided into over 700 tasks. I recommend that you look into making Trello your project management system for reasons that I have outlined in these posts.
If you like what you see, Trello-PM might be of interest to you. Trello-PM will show you how to implement your own project management system using free Trello accounts.
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