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The effective management of time in the 21st Century

"Humans can't predict the future, so they invented scheduling!"
Ludovic Hauduc - GM Microsoft Project/Server product development

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The effective management of time in the 21st Century  [P148]

The construction industry’s ability to effectively manage the use of time is getting worse. If the Burj Khalifa in Dubai had been built at the same speed as the Empire State Building (completed in 1931) it would have opened two years earlier!  Research by the CIOB undertaken in 2007  found most complex/mega projects failed to adequately mange time, most finished late and the situation was getting worse over time.  Interestingly, the degree of failure seems to be the same regardless of the size of the penalties imposed for late completion and regardless of the form of contract used. PPP, Alliance, Partnering, D&C, and traditional forms of contract all experienced similar trends and similar levels of failure.

What the CIOB research did uncover was the significant difference in performance between simple and complex projects and on complex projects, between those using effective time management compared to those that did not. The research found:
In response to this challenge, the CIOB assembled an international team to implement a strategy to provide the required standards of performance in effective time control. This work has resulted in a range of practical ideas to enhance the effective management of time including:

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