For Christmas this year, I received, as a gift, one of those daily calendars that provide words of inspiration every day of the year. The calendar is called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” and the idea behind the calendar is to give tips on how to prevent getting bogged down on minute details that may
Musings in honor of National Women In Construction Month
By: Ginger Bennett – Project Controls | Senior Scheduler If I knew then what I know now, I might have become a plumber. Not because I enjoy dealing with sludge, but rather because I enjoy the challenge of doing things others don’t (or won’t – or can’t) do. So, what’s wrong with me? Certainly, something
Scrapping the METAverse: My VR Journey back to Simple and Efficient Scheduling Solutions
Over the last few years, we have seen many smart and successful people become enamored with the virtual world, like Mark Zuckerburg. I was also intrigued by virtual reality and seeing if the benefits can outweigh the limitations in the scheduling world. And Much like Zuckerberg did with his real-life dollars, I broke up with
Bests for 2023
In the construction industry, we go to the projects, meet new teams, build amazing relationships, and celebrate our success by moving on to the next job. “See you on the next one”, avoids the fact that you may never see each other again. During the Holidays, I often hope for truth in those words, and
HITO’s lessons from the Pandemic
Maybe history’s bookmark for the Pandemic to Endemic transition be the cheers of passengers and crew unmasking mid-flight? We should probably take inventory on what the Pandemic tried to teach us and what we ended up learning. Of course I googled this exact phrase, “Lessons from the Pandemic”, and it seems every organization has a
In late December of 2011, I incorporated HITO Management in anticipation of developing and selling FlipBook, our first spatial-based scheduling solution. Amber strategically planned our wedding for June 2012 during my week home rotation. As a contingency, our honeymoon was delayed until August, only to have a full-time gig at BP Whiting offered to me.
What’s the score?
Like the cheerleaders that lost the diss war, “scoreboard, scoreboard” is used to humble teams who’s performance lags behind. In construction, “Schedule, schedule” becomes the jeer towards contactors that don’t keep up with their plan. Of course, in business, it goes beyond high school egos. Contractors don’t get “dragged” with simple put downs; they get
Lumpy or Leveled
Last month, I wrote about the need to be prepared, not in the sense of packing away staples, but in the career path kind of way. The idea of Lunge or Lead is about career predictability. Continuous training to improve your professional expertise enriches your career. This month, it might seem a bit technical, but
Lunge or Lead
‘I told these guys that if it’s close, I am diving across the line.’ On my morning run, I thought of this picture, and the idea of lunging across the finish line. Me, at my 10:00/mi pace, throwing my 225 lbs. around…probably be more of a “no-foot lean-to-fall” combo. Wincing, thinking of the vision, then
Sick from data
“If you don’t need it I don’t either.” I’d have never guessed how much that machismo response would shape the next eight years. This was as we purchased tickets for a dinner cruise on a catamaran sailing the Pacific to the northwest side of Kauai, the “Napoli Coast”. My wife and I were on our
COVID-19 in Construction Schedules
Last January, news of the latest coronavirus began to increase in volume. The numbers in China were following the forecasted exponential growth rates, which I equated to bad news for the USA. Telling my wife to stock up for the pandemic was a tough Saturday conversation when the plane was leaving for Mexico Monday morning.
Project Controls Recipe
Are you getting ready for the holidays? Decorations, presents, preparations, holiday parties? Perhaps among your holiday traditions, you have a family event with a Cousin Eddie? The hard-headed one that, while you are speaking, doesn’t even consider what you’re saying, and is simply waiting to speak? Back to our professional lives, how many meetings do