Quick Schedule Guide

Quick Schedule Guide
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Unleash the power of Microsoft Project easily and effectively to schedule and control your Construction Projects with the Quick Schedule Guide. This interactive scheduling guide (in PDF format) serves as a companion guide to any and all of our Scheduling Templates.

The Quick Schedule Guide (Version 2) is designed as a Visual-Step-By-Step Guide to unlock the outline, procedures and optimizations that we have built into the Scheduling Templates. It is streamlined to give you instant learning, reference and reinforcement to help guide you through the entire scheduling process.

You will be able to schedule any project of any size, create your own templates, combine projects into a master project and communicate them effectively by any method that suits your needs.  Most of all, you will be able create a system that will promote accountability, communication and enable automation in your business that will lead to greater control and increased profits.

The Quick Schedule Guide is designed and will work with:
Microsoft Project Versions 2000 through Version 2016

Quick Schedule Guide Benefits:

Control Time & Increase Profits
Use the power of Microsoft Project
Quickly schedule your projects with our Scheduling Templates
Quickly update your Construction Schedules
Schedule any project of any size at the level of detail you need
Use our custom features optimized in our Scheduling Templates
Use schedules structured for the Construction Industry – Benefit from our experience!
Create a foundation for scheduling all of your projects

Quick Schedule Guide Features:

Instant learning and reference while you are working with our scheduling templates
Use the available templates with our predefined filters, views and reports or just use the task list to save input time.
Maximize and use the features that are customized and optimized into our Scheduling Templates
Complete flexibility to customize the templates and systems to your particular needs
Use CSI coding from the Construction Specification Institute or create your own
Quick reference for scheduling methods and insights on scheduling
Create a system to serve as the foundation of all of your scheduling
Customize Microsoft Project and use the power of filters and views
Share files and save input time with others using the same scheduling structure, i.e. coding, filters and views
Learn ways to communicate your project files

The Quick Schedule Guide is streamlined into the following sections:

Scheduling Basics
The Scheduling Basics section gives a brief outline and instruction on the basic scheduling methods that will be used with our systems. In Microsoft Project there are many ways of entering information. For simplicity we use certain methods but you can also use the other methods available in Microsoft Project. If you are an experienced user, you can skip the basic entering information but you should familiarize yourself with the basic methods that we are using. If you are new to Microsoft Project you can use this section for entering and viewing information.

Pre-Construction Scheduling
The Pre-Construction process is the most important part of structuring a successful project. Too little attention is given to the Pre-Construction phase. The Pre-Construction phase and process directly affects the outcome of a project. The organization and communication at the Pre-Construction phase is critical to the project’s success. This section serves as a brief emphasis on the importance of Pre-Construction Scheduling.

Scheduling Checklist
The Scheduling Checklist is an outline of all of the steps required to create your project schedules. You can print the checklist out and use for a reminder of the steps and information required to complete the scheduling process. In order to benefit from viewing information across several projects, your schedules need to be structured in the same way. The checklist provides quick links to each section referenced.

Part 1: Organization
The Organization process is the foundation of successful scheduling, communication and reporting.  Each project is particular in its nature and requirements.  This section will guide you in structuring and organizing the layout of your schedules.

Part 2: Planning
The Planning process involves estimating task durations and developing a working copy of your schedule.  The Planning phase requires that you communicate with the project team members to insure that you have accurate information. Communication is the key to preparing a realistic and successful project schedule.

Part 3: Control
The Control phase is the process of maintaining the project communication, constantly updating and distributing the schedule via email, internet or physically in a manner that is understood and used by other team members.  With effective control, you will have the opportunity to foresee conflicts and problems to that you can act instead of react after they happen.

Part 4: Consolidated Projects
Consolidating your active projects into a master project gives you unlimited flexibility to communicate multi project information, view workloads, create reports and make intelligent business planning decisions across all projects.  This section will provide you the tools needed to use and create the necessary views and filters to use and or report to anyone who needs to see them.

The customizations in this guide and in the scheduling templates are listed and outlined within the reference section at the end of the guide. You will constantly refer back to these sections for details on how each scheduling phase is structured so that you can use, modify or recreate the original template settings.

All Scheduling Templates and Files are coded with the same custom filters, views and reports to provide information for individual projects or across all of your projects.

This guide is not designed or intended to take the place of all of the reference books and resources on how to use Microsoft Project, rather it is a supplement to all of the available resources showing how to use the software in a particular way.

In order to maximize results, the content has been kept concise and particular toward a specific objective – scheduling systems that lead to successful projects in the construction industry.

The Quick Schedule Guide will Save You Time in learning and scheduling and to give you a system to serve as a basis of scheduling for individual projects as well as a global system of communication and planning across all your projects.

Scheduling is not just for the scheduler – it is for everyone involved with the project!  It must be presented in an easy to read and understandable format. Our goal is getting the job done with as little effort as possible.

Quick Schedule Guide Save Money!
Save Time and Effort
Create Schedules Quickly
Gain Control
Increase Profits
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