Craig http://contractormag.com/taxonomy/term/6645/more en Customers, clients are not the same http://contractormag.com/craig/customers-clients-are-not-same <div class="node-body article-body">Which is better, a client or customer? If you see your career as a lawyer would see his career, you will call them clients. If you are a person who is only interested in selling your efforts as a craft without your corresponding professional expertise and knowledge base backing it up, then you would probably call them customers.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/customers-clients-are-not-same" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/customers-clients-are-not-same#comments Craig Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:09:00 +0000 13401 at http://contractormag.com Documenting, quantifying jobsite production http://contractormag.com/craig/documenting-quantifying-jobsite-production <div class="node-body article-body">I’m still shocked in this modern day and age that so many contractors of all stripes are still not using even basic techniques to document and analyze actual field crew performance in relation to expected same as evidenced in the original estimates.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/documenting-quantifying-jobsite-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/documenting-quantifying-jobsite-production#comments Craig Tue, 01 May 2012 16:00:00 +0000 12331 at http://contractormag.com The biggest project management nightmare http://contractormag.com/craig/biggest-project-management-nightmare <div class="field-byline"> BY H. KENT CRAIG, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hello, it’s me — your trusty project management columnist Kent H. Craig. But for this column I become Gordon Ramsay, world-famous chef, author, restaurateur, entrepreneur and raconteur, and write about project management through his eyes. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/biggest-project-management-nightmare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/biggest-project-management-nightmare#comments Craig Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:10:00 +0000 11341 at http://contractormag.com Zen koans of project management http://contractormag.com/craig/zen-koans-project-management <div class="field-byline"> BY H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As defined by Dictionary.com, koan [koh-ahn] is a nonsensical or paradoxical question to a student for which an answer is demanded, the stress of meditation on the question often being illuminating. Thus, here are some koans about project management for you to ponder. </div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/zen-koans-project-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/zen-koans-project-management#comments Craig Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:16:00 +0000 10201 at http://contractormag.com It’s time to refocus http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/time-to-refocus-0212 <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Little did I or anyone know how big that inflating egg on the ever-growing high wall actually was or how big a mess it would help create, then foster The Great Recession. All we knew was that the level of new residential expansion was totally unsustainable and that we all better make the best of the situation because if we didn’t someone else would.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/time-to-refocus-0212" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/time-to-refocus-0212#comments Craig Project Management Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +0000 8091 at http://contractormag.com Five levels of project management hell http://contractormag.com/craig/five-levels-project-management-hell <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Spend enough time in middle management in the mechanical contracting industry and you'll eventually find yourself in project management hell, something similar to the underworld described by Dante in his "Divine Comedy."</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/five-levels-project-management-hell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/five-levels-project-management-hell#comments Craig Management Sun, 01 Jan 2012 15:45:00 +0000 9641 at http://contractormag.com My economic, industry predictions for 2012 http://contractormag.com/craig/my-economic-industry-predictions-2012 <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">I’m not going to sit here and pretend to have a clue what that or those things might be that will help The Great Recession turn the corner and eventually stabilize not just the economy in general, but our middle-management mechanical contracting employment section in particular.</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/craig/my-economic-industry-predictions-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://contractormag.com/craig/my-economic-industry-predictions-2012#comments Craig Management Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:37:00 +0000 9821 at http://contractormag.com The please do, please don't of the times http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/please-do-please-dont-1111 <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The times we are living in from the perspective of your friend, the mechanical contractor</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/please-do-please-dont-1111" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Craig Project Management contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/craig contractormag.com/project_management H. Kent Craig mechanical contractor project management Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:00:00 +0000 6273 at http://contractormag.com What I’ve learn in 13 years as a columnist http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/learned-13-years-columnist-1011 <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On Oct. 1, 1998, I took a step of faith with the publication of my first column in CONTRACTOR, "The 7-1/2 Cardinal Myths of Project Management," and to say my path for the past 13 years since has been interesting would be an understatement</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/learned-13-years-columnist-1011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Craig Project Management contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/craig contractormag.com/project_management Sat, 01 Oct 2011 16:00:00 +0000 2215 at http://contractormag.com Specifications are written on paper, not in stone http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/specifications-written-0911 <div class="field-byline"> H. KENT CRAIG PROJECT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It’s an old saying in the trades that if you want to really keep a secret, bury it in a copy of some new building’s specifications, that way it’s sure to be ignored even if it’s noticed. We’ve all read into the hundreds if not thousands of pre-bid specs and how many times have we really read them as opposed to reading over them?</div> <p><a href="http://contractormag.com/columns/craig/specifications-written-0911" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Craig Project Management building plans contractormag.com/columns contractormag.com/columns/craig contractormag.com/project_management H. Kent Craig new building specifications Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 2332 at http://contractormag.com