To justify your extension of time claims; you need a source of truth!

“A source of truth that is a live, well-designed programme with buy-in from all stakeholders.”

The problem

Whether you are a contractor, a consultant or a client, a reputation of poor programme management is common in this industry.

This is because typical programmes are produced when the contract is signed – well before people have fully grasped the project – and then the programme is never updated. Gantt charts are produced and stuck on the wall and only referred to when things go wrong.

  • Is your programme ever out of date?
  • Does it accurately reflect your current project works? Probably not!

When things go wrong it is instinctive to turn to the programme, but how can extension of time claims be justified or assessed when the programme is out of date?

This course shows you how programming needs be treated as a management tool that will help you identify who needs to do what and when.

What am I going to learn?

This course will show you how to programme your projects for success.

By definition a programme helps you identify who needs to do what and when. A robust programme should be used as a tool by which the prerequisite work required by all parties to enable the contract to be completed is communicated.

  • Assess the impact of change. In a program that is several months out of date it is much harder for the contractor to prove variations and compensation events
  • If you have experienced difficulty with extension of time claims, this course will show you how having an on-point programme will help. If there is no record of how things were supposed to play out compared to how they have happened, then proving these claims to the client will be unnecessarily difficult.
  • Help all parties understand what the contractual requirements for the program in NZS3910 and NEC3.
  • How to use your programme to manage risks, such as knowing by which date you’ll need what information.
  • Understand different types of float (total, terminal, free and time risk) in programs and how updating a program can affect the project. Plus, understand who owns which float.
  • How to update the programme collaboratively – it’s not a task that the contractor should do in isolation.
  • The focus will be on how to compile a programme that enables the effective commercial management of a project.
  • Effective commercial management helps to: Justify extension of time claims, objectively assess the cost impact of change, avoid delays, avoid abortive work, avoid disputes and mitigate cost escalations.
  • Manage interfaces with others, increase effective communication and collaboration across the supply chain and increase the chances of delivering a successful project.

Bonus Material:

- Introduction to Lean Construction
- Introduction to Last Planner


The tutor, Garry Miller, has a strong project management background with plenty of direct industry experience.

Garry is a Civil Engineer and an experienced professional in the design, procurement and delivery of capital works. With over 25 years of industry experience he has advised public and private sector clients in the health, property, energy, transportation, water and telecommunications sectors. Garry developed his credentials as a project manager with Arup and took primary roles in the delivery of major Public Private Partnership programmes for the UK government. Since moving to the southern hemisphere has taken a leadership role with an international consulting engineering company and the managing director role for a New Zealand SME. Garry is also a lecturer at the University of Auckland, and is currently a Director of Research for the Project Management Institution New Zealand (PMINZ).


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