Optimizing Project Delivery for Architects with Design and Analytics

Reducing Inconsistencies when Aligning and Allocating Talent

Gjergji Shkurti – Solutions Specialist, Architecture

As Microdesk continues to grow their client portfolios and projects, it is crucial to look for ways to innovate project delivery, improve processes, identify problems and create efficient solutions. After all, it is our company motto. With the demand for rapid property development placed upon the AECO industry, architecture firms are forced to improve processes as well. At these firms, project managers must build the right team for a project, but they often rely on their intuition when doing so, leaving room for error.  Questions arise about team availability, skillsets and project experience. Gjergji Shkurti, an Architecture Solutions Specialist at Microdesk saw room for improvement when looking at ways management aligned and allocated talent. To reduce inconsistencies and to provide insight during this process, Gjergji developed a Business Intelligence dashboard that displays team data in an easily-digestible and visual way.

Shkurti’s dashboard allows project leads to assess their teams through an interactive graph that helps organize talent, time, skills and more. The data is generated by executing surveys and assessments in which each member is scored on various criteria, but technical skill is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this methodology reveals. As for the long-term value this dashboard provides, the data shows how team members stack up against their peers and reveals where more training is needed. Gjergji explains, “sometimes data isn’t pleasant to look at, but it’s the truth. It makes you better.” This information gives project leads a better sense of where their team may be underperforming, arming them with knowledge and power to improve their talent across the board. His program seeks to increase efficiency and transparency throughout the project alignment process. It also provides targeted data that gives project leads the ability to strategically invest in professional development for team members as needed.

Going forward, Gjergji would like to develop the dashboard further by incorporating a BIM model so that project members can take the business end and overlay it against the human element. This would allow the dashboard to quantitatively break down design proposals and projects into categories such as square footage, location, timeline, BIM mandates, cost, design type, façade type, etc.  By doing so, his algorithm can provide “the ideal team” to fit any project. The fully developed version will also include further metrics such as availability, deadlines, workload and team commutes, providing project leads a comprehensive analysis of teams. The insight this matrix provides helps guide the decision-making process with hard data, saving time and increasing confidence in member selection. Project leads around the world can now take their strong instincts and combine it with hard factual data to make the most informed decision on building teams best suited for any project.