Production Tracking - 5 Key Decisions

Implementing or refining a production tracking system in construction requires 5 key decisions.

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These decisions will vary by project and task.  They will also vary as each project team and the contractor as a whole evolves their approach towards productivity improvements.  

Field Productivity: Production Tracking, 5 Key Decisions. How to measure earned, What to base earned on, what to measure, and how frequently.

Production Tracking Basics

  1. How will we measure what is “Earned” balancing efficiency, accuracy and timeliness?  
  2. What will we based “Earned” on?  This question is really about what sets the standards of performance that are expected in our goal setting.
  3. What costs will we measure?  Focus on the most highly variable costs that the field crews have control over.
  4. How frequently should we measure?  This really gets into a cost-benefit analysis of whether the improvements made by more rapid PDCA cycles outweighs the cost of the more frequent measurements including the estimation of actual costs before the hit the accounting software.   
  5. How will we gather and manage the information?  Focus on people first; then process and tools.  Remember that if the team isn’t troubleshooting effectively and improving each week then production tracking is just data for the sake of data.

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