Time - if you do not manage it - it controls you.
In construction, we all deal with a lot of people, money, pressure, and deadlines. No one is fully aware of the magnitude of the 'Invisible Costs'
that we potentially lose due to a lack of adequate planning, accountability, and effective communication. We all deal with people, and most are unorganized and are poor communicators. One missed order, delivery, or delayed delivery can cost many thousands of dollars. The cost of lack of communication and coordination is immeasurable, and the cost of time is something that you cannot recover.
Your Construction Schedule is your most valuable tool to communicate, motivate, and keep all team members accountable on a construction project.
We are all working too hard! I know because I have lived it at an intense level for over 40 years. I knew that I needed something to control the chaos, and I found Microsoft Project in 1995. I was fascinated by the potential to communicate and manage construction projects; it became my passion and savior. I had developed an insight into a typically confusing and stressful environment that led me to launch ConstructionScheduling.com
back in 2001. It's our 20th anniversary!
I customized Microsoft Project with Construction Scheduling Templates
for the Construction Industry with Pre-Formatted Task Lists, Filters, Views, and Settings to schedule quickly and effectively and present schedules in a format that everyone understands and follows. In addition, using the same scheduling structure built into the templates provides the ability to see information globally across all projects to make intelligent and profitable decisions, like how much work to take on and the ability to adjust your profit margins on future work. You can also make smart employment decisions.
This insight and understanding led me to develop the Quick Schedule Guide
, which has evolved into a quick and practical standard for Construction Scheduling. This Guide cuts through a potentially long learning curve and helps establish a 'System' that provides much-needed information unavailable without it.
Very few people and organizations schedule and control construction projects effectively and subsequently experience stress, delays, and increased costs. Effective communication is the key to success in construction and life.
Everyone needs to have essential tools to work with to make work and life more comfortable. Templates are your framework to help you save time, guide your planning, and serve as a checklist to ensure that you use and do not miss any required steps to get the job done.
We deal with similar tasks, resources, and information across all the projects we deal with in construction. All of the construction scheduling templates are customized to see and communicate just the information that you and your team members want and need to see.
Using effective templates for completing your project schedules will add consistency, save a tremendous amount of time, and serve as a foundation of a system that will provide the potential power to gain insight and the ability to control and increase profits on all your construction projects.
In addition, the outline and format of the Construction Scheduling Templates
, Quick Schedule Guide V3
, and Quick Schedule Guide Addon Support
can serve as practical training for a novice or experienced scheduler and is invaluable because most people do not schedule construction projects effectively.
You can control the 'Invisible Costs'
on your construction projects with organization, planning, and control with increased communication. The same principles apply to all sizes and types of projects.
Let your construction schedules help control your projects and take care of the hard work for you.
- Steve Matzen