Beware of those claiming to be Primavera or Microsoft Certified. This only means that person has completed a few days to a week of training by the software approved trainer. While such training is a valuable tool for a scheduler to have, it should not be the only tool.
Think of someone who has gone to a week-long training in Microsoft Word; this person would come back with all the tricks MS Word has such as formatting, layouts, tracking changes, and even mail merge. And this person would be a valuable asset for those functions, but you wouldn’t expect that person to be able to write a great American novel, would you?
Think of Scheduling the same way. You don’t learn how to plan and create a schedule just by going to a week-long class. The minimum requirement to sit for the Planning & Scheduling Professional (PSP) exam is 8 years’ experience. The exam is over 5 hours long and involves all ranges of planning and scheduling skills. Once PSP Certification is achieved, recertification is required every 3 years.
Bear3 Consultants does not rely on training with any particular software, but instead relies on the experience of actually building hundreds of construction projects since 1978, as well as proper scheduling techniques that can be used in any scheduling software, as well as the ability to create a schedule without the aid of computers.
Construction has evolved over the millennia; What was once acceptable to lash together pieces of wood with vines turned into the use of pegs or notching the logs to join them together. Then the creation of nails and screws revolutionized how people fastened the pieces of a building together. Now with the use of nail and screw guns have again changed how we build things, and now more can be built even faster than before.
A schedule should not be wallpaper decorating the walls of the office after a contract requirement has been met. A schedule should be used as a tool by your construction team to help build your project on time and on budget. Manage your resources, manpower, equipment and procurement by knowing when something will be needed and for how long. Plan your resources accordingly by knowing when your manpower requirements peak and if you can meet those peak requirements or if your project will suffer because there are not enough workers available.