THE PROBLEM WITH HIRING A SCHEDULER

We have the cheapest most capable computers in the history of the world and project management software to match. Great organizations such as the Project Management Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE International) are trumpeting the benefits of Network Analysis Scheduling. Yet, below the highest levels of the Construction Industry the use of these superb methods is spotty, at best. What is going wrong? The answer to this question is multifaceted and complex. But this paper will explore one aspect of the problem, the economics of a small to middling company employing professional scheduling methods. Using the schedules from several projects of less than $10 million the paper will show how the front loaded work load of the scheduler on a given project is a barrier to hiring a skilled full time scheduler. The paper will further explore the implications of hiring consultants and suggest strategies for small companies to afford the skills they need to acquire as they grow their businesses.

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