Stay on Top of Projects With Project Management Software
Project scheduling is about setting goals, establishing a plan for achieving them and communicating the goals and plan to a construction team so that the team can stay on top of the project from beginning to end.
In construction management, the schedule should integrate with weekly reports, requests for proposals, requests for information, the budget and the scope of work.
An array of software programs — from Microsoft Project to tools created specifically for the home building industry — can help builders create effective scheduling.
Once the projects are scheduled, they then can be “stacked” on a chart, such as a Gantt chart, a sort of enhanced timeline. Scheduling this way shows the relationships between various tasks and other details — such as how long the various tasks are projected to take, who will perform the work and the “critical path” of essential tasks — and gives a clear picture of when tasks must be finished in order to successfully complete the project.
A key benefit of project management is that the software enables users and project managers to view everything relevant to the project at once. It also enables managers to view and explore project specifics from a variety of perspectives.
Specifically, the scheduling software and resultant charts enable managers to visualize:
- Milestones or significant events (for example, permits, selections, inspections) that must be completed before a project can move forward
- Potential bottlenecks, such as crews or trades that may be overcommitted
Project management software also can help managers:
- Even out work flow.
- Plan better for future jobs.
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