Production Tracking - The Basics

The heart of any production measurement is simply “Earned Budget vs. Actual Cost”.

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Field Productivity: Basic concept of production tracking. Earned vs Actual. Track Daily and Job-to-Date Progress.
  • Imagine a trench that is 1,000 feet long (task)on a project with a $10,000 budget.  
  • When it is 400 feet complete it is 40% done therefore the “Earned Budget” is $4,000.  
  • Looking at the daily costs in the field so far if you have spent $3,500 you are ahead on your production so far.  
  • If you had spent $4,500 you would be behind on your production. 

Your actual costs don’t have to be perfect while you wait for them to get to the accounting system and back to you.  This is about general directionality and it is better to have immediate feedback so you can take corrective action rather than wait for days or a week plus for more exact information.

Schedule + Production are two foundational key results the Foreman will achieve through their planning. This is all supported by the rest of the project team’s objectives and planning process

Schedule control is about doing what you say when you say you will do it. 

Production control is about minimizing the cost of delivering each task by minimizing every step that does not directly add value.

A Foreman can use production tracking as part of their ABC Daily Planning and continuous improvement.   


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