“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”- Albert Einstein
We make a point of understanding what’s important to you — not just your objectives for a particular project, but your greater vision and principles. We strive to be your true partner- one that asks many questions and understands your daily challenges. We want to be sure that the end result truly meets your needs over the short- and the long-term.
In order to accomplish this, we will typically meet with three levels of end user management, one-on-ones or in focus groups, to understand what they do, how they do it and who they do it with. We also spend time with others associated with the space- facilities, IT, security, health & safety – to make sure our master plan incorporates operational needs and supports company procedures. Aside from the job at hand, we think outside of our “hired scope” to understand what other corporate initiatives might impact this facility so that we fully understand future adjacencies.
“I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.” – Stuart Smalley, Saturday Night Live
An effective project manager must be organized, skilled and have a personality that people want to work with. Developing trust and compassion among team members so that challenges are handled objectively and openly begins with the project manager. And for those times when real estate projects are plagued by field conditions, tight deadlines and dwindling budgets, “fun” is a critical component of job success.
On our projects, the element of fun also extends to the end users. We get to know your employees and share the transition experience with them. Do you know which one of your employees makes a “school bus cake” for the first day of school each year, remodels cars or raises timber structures on the weekends? We do. Throughout the project, we take the time to truly understand the needs of the people who are being affected. We care about them and it shows.
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” – The Temptations
An experienced project manager has developed defined processes, strong leadership, sound principles and an ever evolving tool box to track and drive projects forward. These core skills are critical in order to support the many challenges that a typical project encounters. In addition to the skills, a successful project manager is a marathoner- supporting strategy, execution and the transition back to ownership at the conclusion of the successful project.
At project kick-off, Argyle works with management to develop a goal statement, guiding principles and a governance structure which provides a framework to be used throughout the project. This early leadership by Argyle allows us to make consistent decisions throughout the course of the project.