Phillip stared at me. His blood pressure was up, though he appeared calm, but not like a deer in the headlights.
“So, we should teach our Project Managers to schedule?” he asked, knowing the answer was yes.
“Look. Phillip. Think about this. What is the most frequent problem a Project Manager has to deal with?”
Phillip didn’t hesitate. “The contractor calls up and wants to know how come something on the job site isn’t happening the way he expected it to.”
“And what happens then?”
“Well, the PM starts scrambling. He jumps on his radio to find out what happened to the crew or the materials or the equipment. It can get a little chaotic.”
“Why doesn’t the PM immediately go to the schedule to find out what is happening?”
“The schedule?” Phillip almost started laughing. “His schedule won’t tell him anything.”
I stopped, waited for ten long seconds. “And why won’t the schedule tell him what he needs to know.”
It was Phillip’s turn to wait. He was trying to craft a response, but the only thing that came out was the truth. “I guess we don’t take schedules seriously enough to train our PMs on how to create them and use them.”
“So, Phillip. Yes, you need to train them on how to put a schedule together.” Phillip nodded slowly in agreement. “And that’s not all. There’s more.”