Trying to figure out why some jobs go well and others don't can be a nightmare. Often there are so many factors involved, it's impossible to get a clear read. Even answering simple questions can be tough: Are additions or kitchens more profitable? Why does one lead carpenter seem to produce more than another? Why do some jobs always run over on labor while others don't?

With all the day-to-day responsibilities of running a company, who has time to track the kind of data needed to answer these questions? And so it is that many builders rarely know for sure why certain things happen.

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