The Schedule Toolkit allows me to communicate and work with my contractors schedules without the need to purchase expensive planning software.
A key function in the Toolkit is schedule quality which allows me to set over 20 quality parameters such has maximum activity duration, number of constraints permitted and activities with resources. I can therefore establish parameters to suit the specific project and contract such as NEC3 and instantly obtain a quality dashboard. As the Toolkit operates in excel, I can simply issue this pre-defined report to the contractor to rectify the programme.
As I have many live projects at any one time, XER not only enables me to open multiple projects at the same time but I can determine the Level I want to view the projects thus I can establish a single page view of multiple projects at a high level instantly. This allows me to check the overall status of the project programmes against baseline simply without numerous pages of data.
My time checking programmes and in particular differences from previous revisions has been expedited and much more efficient. The Toolkit Project Change Analysis function enables infinite programme revisions to be imported supported by a detailed comparison report into ta simple spreadsheet showing what has changed whether it be activity duration, logic dates and additional activities and many more parameters. This is an invaluable function and proved to have saved many hours of manual checking. Once more with the report in excel I can add my own comments and simply distribute.
In addition to requesting that Client activities are clearly indicated in the programme activity description. I now request that these are also identified with an activity code together with change and variation activities. Within Toolkit, I can then filter the programme for a specific code in just 3 clicks I have a display of just those selected codes which immediately simplifies the communication of the relevant information.
I have also noticed that Contractors using Toolkit have improved the quality of the programme together with contract compliance. Thus the programme review process now focuses more on the project performance and remaining works as Toolkit ensures that the programme is robust for informed decision making.