One of the main themes of this book (that I am currently writing using this blog as the vehicle) is that time is a fixed and limited resource on building construction projects…and time management directly affects quality.
If we reduce the amount of time spent on crisis management…then more time is automatically made available for preventive problem-solving, debugging, and quality-control. If we spend a lot of time during the construction resolving problems…”putting out fires”…less time is available for the normal quality-control checks that should occur throughout each phase of the construction.
Because of the unique and dynamic nature of housing construction projects, time is a resource that can either be thoughtfully managed or carelessly spent.
Each project starts out with a full balance in the unwritten line-item category called time in the project budget. How the balance of that category is spent is the function of planning and scheduling.