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(PS-2950) Author vs Typist: A Reflection on the Role of the Scheduler in Commercial Construction

In this paper, the analogy of the role of the author compared to that of the typist is used to bring to light the diminished role of the construction scheduler, as it has often become, compared to what the role of an experienced professional scheduler truly is. The full scope of this role will be emphasized.

Many challenges have been caused by this diminished role, so how did it get whittled down into little more than a data entry technician? A few examples of how the responsibilities of the professional scheduler are parceled out to other busy members of the project team will shed light on this answer.

Finally, leveraging the full extent of the role of a commercial construction scheduler will be shown to alleviate the confusion and resolve most challenges before they seriously compromise the project’s scheduled completion.