A New Framework of Productivity in Our New Distributed, Digital Reality

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Unified platforms, such as the Autodesk Construction Cloud, have been essential for enabling communication and collaboration amongst project teams, particularly during and post-pandemic. But many don’t realize that these digital ecosystems are much more than data vaults; they are productivity enablers.

Understanding your team’s productivity is essential to schedules and budgets, a task that is more complex with distributed work environments. How do you know how much work individual team members can take on? If work assignments are getting done? If more training is required?

Underscoring all of these productivity elements is finding a way to balance your company culture with individual identity.

Building the Connection

For many managers, the first step is to facilitate communication and collaboration across hybrid teams by providing visibility into task status and potential roadblocks while assuring accountability. At the same time, a manager needs ways to identify opportunities for process improvements and to make workflows more efficient to avoid bottlenecks, prevent burnout and assure that junior level staff are getting necessary mentoring—all without intrusive monitoring.

Managers must have means and methods to track workloads and adjust deadlines/assignments on an as-needed basis. Some might be surprised that the tools, and the associated data analytics, to drive and track productivity are already in place!

A unified platform, such as ACC, has capabilities well beyond syncing Revit files; it’s an environment for communication and accountability.

A Unified Approach

As our work environments have shifted from in-office to more hybrid conditions, unified platforms offer an ideal productivity tracking solution, helping ensure projects and tasks are completed on schedule and on budget.

This unified platform approach to productivity monitoring allows data and insights to be more easily tracked and analyzed across the entire project lifecycle, from design through construction.

One example is the Issues tool within ACC. With this tool, an individual can place an issue stamp (or pin) in a model where there’s a concern. That person can add details such as what’s wrong, who needs to fix it, and by when. The manager can even track the root cause to determine why an issue occurred—all within this one tool.

Then, using data analytics, a manager can determine how to prevent the issue in the future.

It’s the ideal way to assign accountability and monitor progress, helping ensure work is completed on time and on budget. With the built-in chat tool, conversations bring teams back into the collaborative part of working together while solving these issues and completing tasks.

The tools to measure productivity within a unified platform continue to advance, helping organizations improve communication, accountability, and efficiency. While as yet, these are not one-click assessments, the data is there if you look.

Autodesk regularly adds improvements and new features, such as the recent consolidated activity tracking tool within ACC, making it easier for users to access and analyze productivity data within the platform.

If data, communication, and productivity are your passions or your company goals this year, reach out to see how we can help you make the most of your unified platform!

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