Construction Labor Budget - Alternate Perspective

Improving craft labor productivity in construction will significantly reduce risk while providing a long-term competitive advantage for the contractor.

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It will provide job security and opportunities for every member of the team from the apprentice on the front-line through the senior management.  

Field Productivity: Your Project Budget an Alternate Perspective. Invoice representing the impacts of minimization.

For most contractors time spent on actual installation is less than 65% of the day.  The labor studies that form the foundation for the estimating unit databases we all use provide details for how time is spent in the field.  

As contractors focus on creating the “Perfect Day” for their field they must look at every step in their value stream focusing on minimizing all work that does not directly add value to the customer.

Sometimes it is important to backup and look at this non-installation time from the project level rather than seeing it as embedded in every labor unit detail.  This perspective allows you to make bigger decisions impacting productivity including:


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Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

Labor Productivity
Field labor is the often the biggest variable on a construction project - making it the biggest risk and opportunity....

Percent Planned Complete (PPC) - Calculation Example
Yoda would be the perfect coach for managing schedules on projects: “Do or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda This is the heart of Percent Planned Complete (PPC) and the weekly cycle of continuous production improvement.
Bill Walsh - Planning the First 25 Plays
Construction success depends on both the ability to rigorously plan as well as the ability to quickly react to changing field conditions. This is similar to sports and a lot can be learned from the disciplines of great coaches.
Cash Flow and the 5Cs of Credit - Conditions
The 5th of the 5Cs of Credit are the conditions for the loan, which is primarily what the funds will be used for. These conditions are here to protect the contractor as much as they are there to protect the bank.