10 simple steps to better archaeological management is a new blog site that provides practical advice for project managers to improve their effectiveness.
Something which is long overdue… many archaeologists make great archaeologists.. but need a bit of help at management!
It includes hints on Look after junior staff and Don’t overperform the spec which are a couple of faves of mine…
Here are a couple of cracking quotes:
• Archaeology is expensive, but have you hired a plumber recently?Sometimes developers will be shocked at the costs. But they shouldn’t be. Everything costs a lot these days; anything that is labour intensive especially so. No building contractor would dream of moving tons of spoil by hand, because it would take too long and cost too much. In which case they should understand where the money is going.
• Don’t cut corners in pricing
If you are , reluctantly, pricing for a whole job, be clear about the likely final cost. Trying to sweeten the pill by putting in contingency sums is a recipe for future trouble: who decides when these are triggered? If the answer is you, you may as well just say the total, and if you feel like at the end under-charge them. Not that that’s a good idea, since you cannot recover overspends from otehr projects.
It is very IFA orientated.. but then the IFA are all we have as a professional Institute.. so no probs there.
I did chuckle at “there is the sobering statistic that 25% of those aged 40-59 earned less than £18,000 per year. What this means is that low pay (low even by archaeological standards) is not a short-term problem for recent graduates. ” which is based on 2002/3 Profiling the Profession.. and so things have moved on a bit.
BAJR has also produced a little document to help developers… as well as a few little changes to British Archaeology
but enough about me.. :) go here to read the whole Blog…