When I recently graduated, I had the great opportunity to be an on field construction supervisor for a couple years (100% in construction), after that, I was given more responsibilities in administrative tasks and from there I have not seen different, Administration is my passion.
Looking back I remember when one of my mentors told me that information was the most important thing, that I must not focus on the format or how to present it. I kept practicing this for many years along with other practices good or bad I learned from my peers.
Now, after a Masters in Construction Administration and as a Certified Construction Manager along with 15 years of experience in 15 countries, I can assure that Organization supersedes Information.
When delivering information without any organization there’s a hidden risk that no one can identify, not even the person presenting it. The risk is identifying where is the mistake? , everybody does them, but where is it? Its difficult if not impossible to identify, and if its not pointed out, you may be working with wrong information, and there is no bigger risk than working with wrong information because of a poor organization.
Its like reviewing a physics problem without knowing where the mistake or mis-calculus happened. Its better to be organized so everybody can review and identify a plausible mistake.
In conclusion, Organization must be priority #1 when starting a project. Including coding, file structure, roles, responsibilities, communication lines, WBS (work breakdown structure), etc. it is the first thing I look and develop for any of my clients.
Damián Pizá, is a Certified Construction Manager; Civil Engineer; he studied his Masters in Construction Management at the UT @ Arlington; LEED AP; OSHA +30; Member of the CMAA (Construction Management Association of America); Member of the Emergent Technology Committee
Founder of PIZA Consulting, company that specializes in developing and providing Project Management Office (PMO) as its PM/CM Service as well as BIM for Management Purposes.