When it comes to construction, he who has the plan has the control. Obviously, for any project--especially a large one--contractors should produce detailed plans to identify each phase of a construction project. Unfortunately, contractors seldom devote the same effort to creating weekly plans. And if they do create such plans, contractors seldom use them as their primary planning and communication tool.

To help contractors take more control of their work, we created a planning tool called "Next Week's Look-Ahead Schedule"--a simple form contractors can use to record project requirements on a weekly basis.