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Everyone agrees that you need a schedule to successfully run a construction job. But what kind of schedule works best — a detailed critical path or a simple bar chart? Should a schedule be updated regularly? If so, how often? Start Simple Every construction business is different, so it's impossible for me to give advice that fits everyone's scheduling problems. I can, however, recommend that you start with a simple application that you and your employees will feel comfortable using. I say this because I have seen too many builders buy powerful Critical Path Method (CPM) schedulers and then use them very little or not at all. I'm not belittling CPM programs — you need one if you're building