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Objective Scheduling Quality Assessments
   

Scenario #1: The Claims Battleground
" The Rope in the Tug-of-War"

Scenario #2: The Project Battleground
"Power of the Purse"
If you know anything at all about construction claims that assert delay, acceleration, disruption, loss of productivity, or project management negligence, then you know that the main battlefield is almost always the project schedule. Each side's Expert Witness will point to inadequacies in the schedule in order to bolster its case. In this tug-of-war, the schedule is the rope. The problem for most triers of fact (judges or juries) is deciding which scheduling "expert" to believe.
If you have spent any time at all in the trenches as a project scheduler, then you know all too well about the ongoing wrestling match between the Scheduling Practitioner and the Project Manager. The PM wants to manipulate the schedule with each new update, and the Scheduler objects on the basis that such changes may erode, weaken, or even invalidate, the schedule as a viable management tool. Sometimes, violation of professional ethics are at risk. In the end, the Project Manager prevails because he signs the Practitioner's paycheck. Helpful would be an independent opinion as to the appropriateness of PM-requested actions.
ICS Solution: No Dog in the Fight
ICS Solution: Leveling the Playing Field

In the first scenario, ICS-Scoring provides a clever solution to the Owner's problem of securing qualified project schedules, time after time. With no dog in the fight, ICS-Scoring can be objective, critical, and fair. We anticipate that, gradually, more and more courts will rely upon, and even demand, that the project subject "actually used on the project" be submitted to ICS-Scoring for an independent "score," much like courts submit evidence for DNA testing and accept the independent results as "fact."

In the second scenario, ICS-Scoring provides a clever solution: an independent evaluation of the proposed baseline schedule -- and of the proposed schedule utilization plan -- designed to objectively determine the viability, credibility, and soundness of what the bidder promises to bring to the project. With specific performance thresholds committed in writing, departures from what was promised will be easier to spot, and halt.
Leveling the Playing Field  
Few construction project owners or design professionals have sufficient knowledge and experience with which to evaluate proposed schedules and scheduling implementation plans. As a result, they have no alternative but to simply "trust" the contractor that both will be performed competently. With ICS-Scoring, the playing field is leveled. ICS-Scoring is designed to work in conjunction with ICS-Specifications, the latter establishing Scheduling performance criteria and the former ensuring that those standards are met.
For More Information
For more information, write us at ICS-Scoring@ICS-Global.com.