This week, I attended meetings for a couple of the projects we are working on where scheduling was definitely an important part of the conversation. As project managers, Vigilant’s job is to try and keep projects on schedule for the client and get projects that are not on schedule back to where they should be.
At the meetings this week, schedule issues were brought up several times. I have learned that a schedule must be realistic. If it is not, the client will end up with an end date that will likely not be met, leaving them disappointed when the project takes longer than they anticipated. If the completion date does not allow for sufficient time for the project to be completed, it can lead to delay claims and additional costs for the client. When it comes to scheduling, it is better to allow for extra time and complete the project before your deadline than to have the project go beyond your initial end date because of unforeseen delays.
I also learned just how critical is it to make your schedule clear. Construction schedules typically break down all aspects of a project. For example, mechanical work can be broken down into rough-in and completion. Completion can be broken down into plumbing, ventilation, and controls. However, for more complicated projects, multiple tasks could be combined into one of these sections. If these subtasks are not clearly broken out in their appropriate division, it can be difficult to tell how far along each task is or when it is supposed to be completed. This can be problematic because it makes it difficult to give the client an accurate account of how far along the project is. This can cause the client to end up paying for work that is not complete which is certainly not in their best interest.
This week was definitely an eye-opener for me and I saw just how critical a schedule is. I wonder what will transpire in the coming week…