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Specs with "Teeth" -- Every Time!
Every Project Is Unique

By definition, each project is unique. How then can a standard scheduling specification be written that applies to "most projects most of the time?" Wouldn't that be an awful lot like specifying a standard menu that is intended for "most meals most of the time?"

Schedules Have Multiple Uses
Not only is there diversity in projects (type, size, location, size, cost, deadlines, resources, and more), there is diversity in possible schedule uses. Authorities in Project Time Management have identified upwards of two dozen different uses for the common Project Schedule. If the purpose of a scheduling specification is to establish a schedule's success criteria, how can a "boilerplate" set of requirements work equally well for differing schedule uses? Wouldn't it be very possible that what would be considered too much detail in one schedule might be considered inadequate detail in another?
Spec-Generating Software

Project Time Management grapples with the challenge of improving the quality of scheduling specifications for quite some time. To date, however, the only response under consideration is development of a "standard spec." When we pondered this problem the only worthwhile solution that we could come up with was to develop a software program that would generate a unique scheduling spec for each unique project. SpecifICS, now in development, will be an interactive software program that poses a series of questions that can be answered by owners, design professionals, construction managers and others who are charged with drafting the contract's scheduling specification. The program will produce a legally binding document that not only will demand the very best schedule for your project, it will also have legal teeth!

Integrated with ICS-Scoring

A "boilerplate" component of every scheduling specification generated by SpecifICS is the requirement that the proposed baseline schedule be submitted to ICS-Scoring for objective evaluation and scoring. A proposed schedule would have to earn a passing score to be accepted by the owner. Furthermore, component scores provided by ICS-Scoring would guide owners and contractors in identifying areas of weakness and opportunities for improvement during the schedule development phase. Later on, during project execution, schedule performance can be compared to specification thresholds.

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