Proper Time Expectations


The importance of setting proper time expectations for LAN cabling installations


The three areas of focus we believe are required for setting proper time expectations.

Free Download: Proper Time Expectations (LAN).pdf

A complete and realistic timeline is vital to a successful LAN build out. However, actually putting aside biases is difficult and the desire please stakeholders with overly ambitious target dates make setting proper time expectations a skill few possess naturally. Getting time estimates wrong leads to missed deadlines, projects that go over-budget, and dissatisfied customers & stakeholders.

Fortunately, there are ways to improve your time estimations and keep yourself honest throughout the process. In this piece, we’ll review some key points to consider when setting time expectations for a LAN installation project.


#1 Ask the right questions of the right people

A LAN build-out involves a variety of teams including IT, the project manager, facilities, property managers, contractors, 3rd party business partners, and more. Capturing input from all the stakeholders prior to finalizing a plan and committing to a budget positions you for success moving forward.

#2 Make sure 3rd party stakeholders are accounted for

There are a myriad of 3rd parties involved in getting a LAN installation project from conception to completion. These include contractors, inspectors, insurance companies, and more. Be sure to take into consideration the time it takes to:

Obtain permits

Obtain a Certificate of Insurance (COI)

Conduct site surveys

Schedule & pass inspections

Work within contractor schedules

#3 Use logic and facts to create a “quantifiably defendable estimate”

One of our favorite terms from the Project Management Institute is the “quantifiably defendable estimate”.  Make sure that your install phases and time estimates are based on real world data you can quantify and that will stand up to scrutiny. This means accounting for dependencies, the amount of full-time employees and contractors available, and any foreseeable delays for processes, paperwork, permits, etc.


As you can see, there are many aspects to consider when estimating a LAN installation. Taking a fact-based, detail-oriented approach to your estimates will help ensure your next project is a success.  Nationwide SCS has installed thousands of LAN projects.


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Removing risk begins with removing assumptions

Communication, Documentation and Seeing Around Corners are the big three roles for risk mitigation.


Early, Frequent and granular communication streamlines any project, but especially WAN Ethernet installations with construction requirements.  


Documentation is critical.  Email communications, project agreements, field notes and project conversations should all be recorded and appropriatly dispersed immediatly.

Seeing Around Corners

It is all about expierence.  Knowing what questions to ask, what tasks to prioritize and which stakeholders to approach (and in which order) is paramount to project success.

Learning through experience

We are continously learning and adjusting to make our process better.  We install hundreds of projects each quarter for our customers…and we use that expierence to make future customer expierences better.

Sometimes you should take the road more traveled.



Initial Planning

We know what questions to ask



We know how to reduce risk and accurately budget costs



We install WAN projects weekly across the country

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