The longer you work in the construction industry, the more you see the importance of a schedule when it comes to achieving success on a project. Construction projects are complex and involve a number of moving parts, both on and off the jobsite. In order to coordinate all these parts, a plan is needed. Part of that plan is a comprehensive schedule.
Our Orlando construction lawyers have worked with countless contractors and construction companies and have witnessed a number of benefits to having a project schedule, including maximizing the use of resources and being able to assess issues, if they occur. That’s why we have created this guide with best practices for developing an effective project schedule. For more tips for project scheduling, visit part one of this series.
Use Project Management Software
The great thing about today’s technology is that few things have to be done manually. There are a number of software solutions that can be used to create project schedules. All pertinent project tasks and available resources can be entered into management software along with start and end dates. The software can then produce a schedule taking these factors and others into account. Project management software also improves communications among all entities because schedules can be shared. This allows all parties to collaborate and ensure that their input has been taken into account.
If you don’t have the time to learn a new software program, there are a number of templates available for building a project schedule. These templates will allow you to input project dates and resources in a format that presents a viable schedule. It’s not as technology-driven as project management software, but a good template will yield a clear and easy to follow schedule.
We all know that delays and conflicts can happen on the construction site. That’s why an important feature of your project schedule is that it details all tasks, the progress being made on them, and any issues that halts progress. This information not only helps you create better projects, but gives you the evidence needed to seek compensation for delays, if needed.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.