Our remodeling company produces between 70 and 100 projects a year, from handyman work to whole-house remodels. We used to have a hard time scheduling that many jobs, but over the last two years we've developed a system that brings some harmony to the process.

There are all kinds of computer programs for scheduling jobs. Our company already uses some very sophisticated software for bookkeeping and job costing, but we do our scheduling with dry-erase markers. The dry-erase boards cover one entire wall of our production manager's office. We prefer this manual system because it's easier to administer...

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