A schedule review should be a productive exchange between the contractor and owner that results in a reliable schedule.

In construction, sometimes contractual relationships are combative. But at its best, a schedule review is a collaborative effort towards understanding and agreement about the schedule. It should focus on substantiating the reliability of the schedule – for the benefit of the contractor, owner and other key project stakeholders. The schedule should define the plan for completing the project and the key deliverable dates (milestones) along the way. When stakeholders share a clear understanding of the schedule, that’s an important building block for project success.

Sometimes ego becomes injected into the conversation. A contractor’s pride of authorship can lead to defensiveness, and owners sometimes try to assert deadlines that may not be practical.

Sometimes, is also true that there are perceived contractual incentives to manipulate the schedule in order to give either the contractor or owner an advantage as the project progresses.

The best plan for all parties – and for the project – is to develop a complete and reliable schedule that all stakeholders understand and agree upon.