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As a production consultant with Remodelers Advantage, I speak with teams of project managers, lead carpenters, and site supervisors. Lately, a common theme has been that with the addition of new materials, energy codes, and specific sequencing of tasks, projects have become more complex, making it more crucial than ever to maintain a running record, or daily log, to effectively manage them. Keeping a daily log is an efficient way to record important details about the client, trade partners, and our own teams that can be used to improve the current project’s closeout process and referenced on future projects to strengthen workflows and avoid repeating mistakes. It is also a means of communication between the client and builder; in some contractual situations, providing a daily log to the client is a requirement.

Everyone on the job must be involved in maintaining this record. If project managers and construction managers are unable to visit jobsites every day due to increasing workloads and labor shortages, the information recorded by trade partners in the daily log is critical data for the project management team and contributes to the post-project review process. Equally important, when trade partners are heavily involved in the work, it helps ensure accountability for their tasks.

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