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Construction glossary

What is a Backlog?

A Backlog in the construction industry refers to the accumulation of work orders or tasks that are yet to be completed. It is often utilized as an indicator of the volume of work that needs to be addressed. Within a construction context, a backlog could include pending blueprints to approve, inspections to perform, or specific construction tasks to complete. It is crucial for project managers to monitor and manage the backlog because it can directly impact project timelines, productivity, and ultimately, profitability. A high backlog suggests a heavy workload and the potential for delay. A low backlog may indicate that there is not enough work to keep the crew busy. Therefore, balancing the backlog is key in efficient project administration.