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What’s the score?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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Take Inventory

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, because we get to take our personal inventory. We’re encouraged to step back and take note of what’s important, the relationships that enhance our lives, and the fortunes we’ve been afforded. If we’re lucky and brave enough, we can show gratitude to those that have brought it into our

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Progress; not Perfection

A quote I love is “we seek progress, not perfection.” It guides my personal life, our consultants’ career goals, and our technical development. From that, I’ve learned to warn our clients, “the perfect schedule is the last update.” Since day one, our tag line has been “HITO can help” which means we want to improve

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EPC Scheduling

EPC Scheduling The term EPC refers to the various stages or life cycle of a project. E stands for Engineering; this is where the project is defined, parameters are established, and drawings are produced for Construction to build to. P stands for Procurement; this is where materials are specified, purchased, and manufactured. C stand for

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HITO History

HITO History

Starting in 2009, I worked on industrial job-sites as a full-time construction scheduler. My passion has always been to make a difference and empower the field to make the best decisions. I pride myself in getting the best out of the best. During schedule reviews, I quickly learned that Gantt charts were often a sedative

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Career in Scheduling

I’ve always been intrigued by data. When I was young, I knew I wanted to have some sort of career that involved numbers.  So naturally, I went to college to help me find exactly what that career would be.  I wanted to steer clear of accounting, thanks to a less than effective high school teacher,

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