Percent Planned Complete - PPC

Nearly every contractor, Superintendent and Foreman is familiar with the Short-Interval-Plan (SIP) and typically fill one out weekly looking ahead 1+ weeks.

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Improving the project planning and delivery process starts with improving predictability around the schedule.

Field Productivity: Weekly Percent Planned Complete (PPC). Promises kept over promises made.

To improve predictability the Percent Planned Complete or PPC can be measured each week and lessons learned can be identified.

Other common terms we’ve all heard throughout our lives:

  • The “Say/Do Ratio” 
  • “Say what you are going do do and do what you say.”
  • “You are what you do, not what you say.”
  • Promises Kept vs. Promises Mad

Improving this single metric over time builds trust and your reputation of integrity which is why the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) has called this “Reliable Promising”.  

Most of misses will come down to either poorly defined tasks, failing to meet one or more of the 6 Pillars of Productivity or poor daily execution.  

The Foreman and Project Manager will learn to build influence because many factors impacting their PPC are outside their direct control.  


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