Estimator Boot Camp – train a new estimator

True or False: It’s easy to teach someone new how to estimate. You’ve been estimating the same way for years. Your experience lets you walk into a space and tell just by looking how long it should take and how much paint you’ll need. But have you ever tried teaching someone else how to estimate? Someone who doesn’t have your experience? It’s frustrating. But training a new estimator doesn’t have to be so hard!   What you need is Estimator Boot Camp – basic training for new “recruits” (aka a new estimator). You’ll probably have a little prep work to do before Boot Camp starts. 1st, set up your procedures. Define the method you want your new estimator to use and write it down step-by-step (just like we’re doing here). 2nd, make measurements part of your procedure. Measurements will give your new estimator some reference points and make his or her estimates more accurate. 3rd, get an easy-to-use estimating tool like PEP Cloud. Again, an estimating tool will take the guesswork out of estimating and help solidify a procedure for the new estimator. Finally, put your new processes into practice. Define your process, use measurements, use an estimating tool, use your process – these actions work together to standardize how you build estimates and makes it MUCH easier to teach others how to use your process. And now for the fun part! Introducing [your name here]’s NEW RECRUITS WILL LEARN Procedures Discipline (to stick to the procedures) Tools (all that you need to make an accurate estimate) Drill (practice!)   Now is a great time to hold your own ESTIMATOR BOOT...

Introducing the PEP Guru and PEP Academy

If you’ve ever tried to teach someone how to estimate you know how hard it is.  So much goes into a good estimate, it’s often easier to just do it yourself than to train someone else.  Well, PEP Cloud has an exciting new feature that will make training faster and easier, letting you delegate some of the estimating responsibilities, thus freeing up your time. Introducing PEP Academy! It’s now easier than ever to train members of your team on the art of estimating.  PEP Academy is an interactive training program lead by the newest member of the PEP Cloud Team – the PEP Guru.   The PEP Guru walks you through the steps of creating an estimate in PEP Cloud without a template: how to add areas, how to add materials using the common items feature (Favorite Items), and how to produce a proposal.  When not leading PEP Academy, the PEP Guru hangs out in the Help area, so he’s always around when you have a question.   Check out the new PEP Academy for yourself.  It takes less than 10 minutes.  If you’re a PEP regular, you won’t need the first few steps to show you where things are on the home page, but once you get past creating a client things get a lot more exciting.  You’ll see how easy PEP Academy makes it to learn the basics of...