Simple construction projects rarely have formalized schedules. But as projects increase in size and complexity, involving more labor, materials, and equipment, you may need a scheduling technique that will give both you and the owner a better picture of a job's progress. A good scheduling system gives you several benefits. One is that you can get a good financial picture of the project. Both your costs and the owner's are closely related to a project's duration. The sooner a project is completed, the sooner the owner can use the building, and the sooner you, as builder, can direct your resources to other jobs. In addition, a good scheduling system: • establishes critical "must-do" dates and other milestones, such as start and finish