“I’ve been involved with scheduling since my work on the Polaris missile project in the late 50’s. The challenge has always been to develop a schedule that can be understood and explained by a non-scheduler. For years, this has always meant using other tools to condense the schedule information into a usable form, because none of the existing scheduling software seemed designed with communication in mind. This is the reason we created Phoenix and the WorkStream process.” Jerry Poulsen, founder of Phoenix Project Management.
“Scheduling tools standardized on the bar chart schedule view because it was easy to automate,” according to Jay Poulsen, President of Phoenix Project Management Systems. “On complex projects, understanding the critical path from the bar chart can be really difficult. The Phoenix WorkStream process is designed to help project teams organize projects based on how they plan to build them in order to simplify project delivery.”
“After successfully using Phoenix Project Manager to complete our last project months ahead of schedule, we chose to incorporate the WorkStream Network Diagram early in our planning for construction of The Vermont, our new mixed-use development in downtown Los Angeles. The WorkStream schedule let us see how the whole project fits together, and where we could cut time out of our original plan before we even broke ground. It now lets us quickly see what is ahead or behind schedule, and how our progress in the field is affecting the plan, without waiting for an expert to decipher the schedule for us. Most importantly, I can use the same schedule to communicate with our executives that we use to meet with the guys in the field, and everybody understands where the project is headed.“ Pat Irvine, Senior Vice President of Construction, J.H. Snyder Company.