Do you provide proposals to contractors or owners for your schedule development and management services? Do you provide a lump sum hard bid based on the project? Or, do you provide an hourly rate for your services? Which is best? Are there circumstances that make one the better choice?
I still struggle with this issue.
At some point, all of us are asked to propose on a project.
So, what do you do? What do you use as your guide for setting a lump sum price proposal? Do you estimate your hours based on past, similar projects? How do you account for relying on a new project team for input and reviews?
Do you provide an hourly billable rate? How does your client budget for you services? Do you provide a budget estimate of hours and your rate for their use?
I typically provide a budget estimate based on my estimated hours and billable rate. But even then, coming up with the hours for a new client and team, and hoping for proactive input for development and updates/revisions is very subjective. But I do my best to provide a budget estimate they can have confidence in.
There must be a better way to go about pricing our work based on the value we bring to the project.
What works for you? Have you figured out a “safer” way to price the project scheduling services you will provide?
I believe that we, as planning and scheduling professional consultants, should strive to provide the best possible schedule support to assist the project team with providing a successful project.
The question is: As consultants, how do we “value” this?
We must always maintain our integrity and be honest with our client.
What has your experience been?
Real scheduling is messy. But we all deal with issues all the time…..
I’d love to hear what you think!
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Paul Epperson CCM, PMP, PSP, PMI-SP