Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule

Authored by: Donald J. Fredlund

The world of construction scheduling, as we know it, has been practiced for more than 50 years. And while the practice of scheduling has advanced significantly during that time, advances in best practices and excellence in preparing schedules have not translated into comparable guidance for reviewing contractor schedule deliverables. Stakeholders responsible for delivering a project should be entitled to a great—not just a good—schedule, a schedule that is authored, understood, and followed by key stakeholders. This ideology has given rise to a new protocol, Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule.

Through a lengthy, collective effort, the Authors of Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule have endeavored to codify the essential elements of a reliable schedule into a comprehensive protocol. Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule contemplates CPM and GPM schedules and further highlights that a comprehensive, credible, well-constructed, and controlled (seen as the four corners of a reliable schedule) schedule captures the notion of a great schedule. This work is a must-read, must-have for any professional aspiring to great schedules.

Core Traits of a Reliable Schedule is aimed at codifying schedule submittal established and emerging best practices for the benefit of scheduling practitioners who are engaged with…

  • owners;
  • owner’s project manager organizations;
  • consultants reviewing schedules for the owner; and
  • contractors/construction managers submitting schedules for owner review

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