JDE & Associates

We get to help people succeed!



13794 W. Waddell Rd.
Ste 203–189
Surprise, AZ 85379

970 231–5423
Toll Free:
866 767–3619

Welcome, thank you for visiting our website today

At JDE & Associates, we have one goal in mind, we help contractors succeed. We are a profit driven business, so our bottom line is important. We learned long ago, that if we chased money, the odds of our making as much is reduced. By following our passion, helping contractors succeed, we not only get to help many contractors increase their success, our success follows their success.

Contracting is not that difficult, if you have competent people. Many contractors make this business harder than it needs to be. Just because someone is good at his or her trade doesnít make them good business owners, project managers, estimators, or supervisors within a contracting firm. To start a contractor needs a written business plan, many of our countries most successful business owners, in all areas of business have indicated this need, and we believe this is even more important as a contractor.

Having set procedures and techniques on how different tasks are completed is critical. This is true regardless if your estimating, managing, or in the field. Communication between positions in our offices and field is just as important.

Weíve been involved in this industry for well over forty years. Contracting, estimating, project management, and field supervision have all been part of our work history. In that time, we have made some huge errors, since beginning JDE & Associates we have consulted for numerous contractors and seen even more errors. Our training is tailored to help contractors & students avoid those errors we made, and many that we didnít make.

Lately we have read advertisement from other contracting training firms; some of those claims include items such as,

Knowing the software makes an estimator. –
This is not even close to the truth the software is a tool, an important tool, but only a tool. Understanding how to structure an estimate is just as important, maybe more important.

You can learn how to estimate in 16 hours. –
No one can say how long it is going to take to learn how to estimate. I have been at it for almost forty years and am still learning. In our seventeen years of training, we have had many students who loved our 16 hour estimating course. More students prefer our extended class that last between eight to ten weeks (one class per week), with added support for up to three months after your class is complete. As an instructor, I want the most time possible so that we can instill how to structure an estimate to assure the best results for you and your firm.

You donít need a private class to learn how to estimate. –
I happen to somewhat agree with this for some students, if youíre teaching a group class and your agenda is to have all intermediate estimators, the instructor can structure the class accordingly, late last year I held a class on the east coast where everyone was supposed to be intermediate estimators. The problem was, some of the students who enrolled were beginner estimators, while others were intermediate level estimators, and a few were much more experienced estimators. The result was that the inexperienced estimators got lost quick, the intermediate level estimators were comfortable, and the experienced estimators were bored. Over the years, this problem presents itself constantly regardless of how the class is advertised. Even with people who are at the same basic level, some will understand some of the information, while others may not; having a one–on–one class with your student allows an instructor to see a studentís strengths, as well as their weaknesses. This one–on–one format allows an instructor to move quickly through the parts their students understand and slowdown in those areas where they may be struggling.

Computer estimating systems are not all the same.–
This is my input; I have not seen other estimating instructorís references regarding computer estimating systems, but from previous experiences know that some instructors do endorse particular systems. In our classes, we do not endorse any computer estimating systems. Do we have our favorites, of course. Contractors have a wide selection of quality computer estimating systems available to them. The systems that work best for us, may not work as well for others, which is one of the side benefits of an estimating class, after completing an estimating class students are in a much better position to find the computer estimating system that works best for their needs. We have a number of computer estimating systems executives who are not pleased that we do not endorse their system. Another point, many of our students work for contractors that already have a computer estimating system that our student needs to learn and use. It seems to me that endorsing a computer estimating system while in class, could be counterproductive while in class.

We know that contractors have multiple options regarding contractor training. JDE & Associates has been providing estimating, project management, and supervisors training for years. We offer one free, one to an hour and a half webinar per contractor to show some of what we teach – more importantly how we teach. This is not your normal sales call; this hour will be spent helping you with areas that are an issue for you and your firm. We sell classes, everyone knows, so instead of your typical sales presentation, this time will be spent dealing with your issues or concerns. This offer is a one–time offer per contractor.

Before a contractor, their employee, or anyone who is interested enrolls in our class, we require those people to take a free computer webinar demonstration before they register for a class. We no longer have registration links available on our website, we prefer to provide a free demonstration to prospective students before registering, so they can see some of what we teach, more important is how we teach it. Even if our relationship ends with a free demonstration, we want our prospective students to learn from our demonstration.

Use our Contact Us Page, tell us what those concerns are, and provide us a few days and times when you can spare an hour and a half. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar or an alternate day and time if we have a scheduling conflict. We schedule demonstrations and classes seven days a week between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Arizona Time. Your computer must have a wired high speed internet connection. You will need a telephone number; we strongly suggest having a headset for both the free demonstration and classes. Our webinar service requires Adobe Flash and Java; they have a system test which we will send you when we confirm your demonstration day and time.

Our estimating course returns to the basics, we have found that these basics help build confidence in an estimator. Knowing how to structure an estimate, regardless if estimating manually or using one of the great computer estimating systems available today benefits most estimators to achieve better accuracy which results in better profitability. It is not our intent to have estimator estimating manually, far from it, we know that if an estimator does not know how to structure an estimate manually that either itís difficult to complete an accurate estimate, manually or using one of the great computer estimating programs commercially available today. While we use computer estimating systems, we do not endorse any particular system, the reason is that contractors have many great computer estimating systems available, the system that may be best for your style, is not necessarily the system that is best for our style.

We work with seasoned professional, as well as novices. Our home study class is geared for each students experience level and we expand from that point to achieve the best possible results for that person. It is difficult to have a large backlog of work without capable, competitive estimating. We strive to teach estimators to build the project mentally, while estimating a project to find opportunities other contractorís estimators often miss; our aim is for our students to be better than their competition.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding our Estimating Classes.

Once a project is awarded, project management takes over and this management needs to be aggressive and timely. With consistent project management procedures, it is easier to get more done in a timely manner, than working reactively. As contractors, a large part of our day is reacting to clientís problems, this is reactive work. Contractors earn better profits when they work proactively. During our careers, we have learned that as a project manager, we need to supply three items to our field, the information, materials, and tools that they need to accomplish their work in an accurate and timely manner. This is what contractors get paid to do, but when this work results in other items being delayed or forgotten, those forgotten items soon turn into emergencies which drain resources. Having consistent techniques to avoid this type problem is essential. We teach the techniques that have proven successful for us over our careers and for many of our contractor – students during our time as consultants – instructors.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding our
Home Study Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management classes.

Contractors needs to make sure their field has the three items they need to information is; they need the information, materials, and tools (this includes the actual tools and correct labor levels to complete their projects) when they need it. Contractors need this area to absolutely shine. Our field needs to know how we operate our business as it relates to field efforts on their projects. They deserve the attention to lay out a project in a manner that lets them succeed; they need the information, materials, and tools in a timely manner.

Our knowledge comes from several different sources, we have over forty yearsí experience in the field, as estimators, project managers, and contractors, this is known as the school of hard knocks (some consider this the best education), additionally our training comes from classes we have attended, seminars or webinars, demonstrations, or from books and magazines. Our most important training is from our years as contractors and continuing to work with contractors, as consultants. We believe our instruction offers our contractors and students a great platform to avoid problems while succeeding. By staying active in this industry through our consulting services, we stay current, which allows us to train our contractors - student. We use these items we teach, in todayís economy. Within our forty–five years, is seventeen years of training contractors to succeed, not only do we teach, we are constantly learning ourselves. Our training comes from classes we attend, seminars or webinars, demonstrations, or from books and magazines. Our most important training is from our years as contractors and continuing to work with contractors, as consultants.

Our original intent was to target smaller contractors, those that did not have many of these methods and techniques set in place, often the same methods, and techniques we teach. Little did we know that many larger contractors are missing some of these same methods and techniques themselves, today we are fortunate to enjoy small, medium, and large contractors as clients. Regardless of your size, we strive to help reduce stress, reduce reactive time while increasing proactive time, which helps efficiency and profits. We have seen contractors make substantially better profits while working proactively then when they are working reactively.

Contractors need to build a team that works efficiently together – Estimators, Project Managers, and Field Supervisors need to work in harmony with each other to help assure overall company success. This helps to build morale, efficiency, and profits. Contractor should be striving to attain this goal; sadly, we are hired far too often to reduce a contractorís loss, most of the time this team approach is missing.

In our current economy, contractors cannot afford to continue using techniques that are not working. Our industry changes, sometimes faster than we can react. Are you taking advantage of current changes that may benefit your firm? 2017 is upon us; will you make the changes that spur growth in the remainder of 2017 and beyond? One area that will affect your business this year, is understanding your labor burden costs, these costs are likely to change significantly in the next few years, do you know your current costs? Another issue is always your overhead costs; do you know what your overhead percentage is currently?

If youíre firm reacts to calls from clients that have problems, this is great reactive time and should be profitable. Hopefully you have priced these services at rates that are profitable for your firmís efforts. However many contractors have a tendency to be reactive in every stage of their business. Items are often not completed when they should be to comply with other projects schedules. These items become emergencies that we created for ourselves. The first type of reactive work, we get paid for, the second costs us dearly and creates chaos in both our office and field. Contractors should have the means to know what their most important tasks are and work on those tasks first until completed, or to a point where they are waiting on others to supply quotes or other information required to finish. This is true of everyone from a CEO, Project Managers, Estimators, Purchasing Agent, Warehouse, Driver, and never forgets our Field Staff. Your field efforts are where all the good estimating, project management and field efforts produce our final profits. Every effort should be in place to meet or exceed estimated productivity levels.

Regardless of the class, estimating, contractors guide for success – project management, and supervisors classes, we offer techniques that help reduce the amount of reactive time, which will increase your proactive time. When these issues are a result of you or your firm not getting items completed in a timely manner, this costs your firm, our classes helps reduce these problems. If these problems are a result of a customer issues make them profitable.

At JDE & Associates, we have one purpose that is to
help contractors succeed.

We now have three primary classes, Fundamental Estimating, Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management, and our Supervisor Training Course to our online webinar and onsite remote courses.

We often help contractors quickly, sometimes on a free trial webinar, our demonstration webinars are not a sales gimmick, provide us with your email address to send a webinar invitation, a phone number, three different days and times when you will be available, please include the time zone youíre in and two or three questions that you would like to solve. We will confirm which day and time we can schedule your demonstration, and will discuss your questions during our time. We do this on a one time basis per contractor; this is a method for us to show contractors how we teach. We know that if we can help a contractor or their employee out, that eventually when the contractor needs further help that we will stand a better chance of providing that training or consulting.

Estimating

If estimating is where your firm needs help this year, we have seventeen years' experience teaching and well over forty years of actual estimating experience, as recently as last month. We will make an impact on your business, even if it is free. Contact us; we can discuss what may work best for your company.

Our classes do not use estimating software; however, the methods that we teach will make your estimating software better. Many great computer estimating software programs are available; we know that if contractors know how to structure an estimate that your estimates will be better regardless if youíre estimating manually or with a computer estimating system. The only software that we use in our class is Microsoft 2003 / 2010 Excel and Word.

Did 2016 produce the results you wanted? If not, why will 2017 be any better? 2016 is a distant memory, 2017 while still new is five months old; we may be able to make an impact on your business in 2017. While estimating, so much more is needed than just a solid computer estimating program, these programs, if set up properly, are a definite asset to almost every contractor. Our estimating classes go far beyond these computer estimating programs, we help contractors succeed, and you will see immediate benefits. For many contractors the information they receive from our free webinar improves their efforts (This free offer is limited to one free demonstration per contractor). Taking advantage of every legitimate estimating tactic in your arsenal just makes sense; use your creative genius to beat your competition, nothing wrong or unethical about estimating to win. Our classes stress the need to estimate accurately, efficiently and quickly. We do not believe in shortcuts, they often reduce accuracy and efficiency.

Included in our classes we add techniques that many of our competitors do not use. These techniques are why we continue to win a high percentage of the jobs we continue to estimate. Have confidence that your estimated cost includes accurate labor costs, including correct labor burden and current overhead, favorable material conditions and costs, proper sales tax that reflect your firmís costs. Having confidence that these estimated costs are accurate allows your staff to use the lowest profit percentage possible when you are confident that the estimated costs are accurate. Regardless if your estimating manually or using one of the quality computer estimating systems available, you still need to understand how and why to structure an estimate in the manner that most successful contractors utilize.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding
our Estimating Classes.

At the bottom of this webpage find a list of the items, we cover in this course.

Our Estimating Class is $2,487.00.

We do not skip weeks once a class starts and classes can generally start within two weeks of registering / payment has been received. Because this is a one on one class, should an issue arise, with 24 hoursí notice we can reschedule to another time or even a different day to allow for conflicts in your schedule.

Contractors outside of the United States contact us for rates.
Please contact us for available class times before registering,
to avoid delays starting your class.

Before a contractor, their employee, or anyone who is interested enrolls in our class, we require those people to take a free computer webinar demonstration before they register for a class. We no longer have registration links available on our website, we prefer to provide a free demonstration to prospective students before registering, so they can see some of what we teach, more important is how we teach it. Even if our relationship ends with a free demonstration, we want our prospective students to learn from our demonstration.

Use our Contact Us Page, tell us what those concerns are, and provide us a few days and times when you can spare an hour and a half. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar or an alternate day and time if we have a scheduling conflict. We schedule demonstrations and classes seven days a week between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Arizona Time. Your computer must have a wired high speed internet connection. You will need a telephone number; we strongly suggest having a headset for both the free demonstration and classes. Our webinar service requires Adobe Flash and Java; they have a system test which we will send you when we confirm your demonstration day and time.

For Contractors that would like to enroll in our Webinar Fundamental Estimating Class, however may be struggling with the cost of the class, we have started to take payments. We start with an initial payment of $1,281.00 which gets most of our class materials sent and the classes started. One month later a second payment of $640.50 will be due and a month after that the final payment of $640.50 is due. This allows contractors to take a class and begin to realize benefits for their firm, while paying for the class.

Should a payment not be made on time classes will be stopped until the missed payment and a $100.00 reinstatement fee is paid.

Contractors Guide for Success

Project Management Course

Our next class is our Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management, this six week course with one class per week provides simple techniques for issues that many contractors face repeatedly. A few good Computer Project Management Programs are available, again we do not endorse any of them, what we do in our class is show techniques that can help avoid the never ending chaos that often surrounds our Project Managers, these six weeks will change many managers ideas on how to better manage their projects. For new Project Managers these six weeks often acts like a springboard toward quicker success. Did 2016 produce the results you wanted? Will 2017 be better? Contact us; we can discuss what may work best for your company.

How your firm is looking for work in todayís economy makes a difference? Contractors that market their services in the same manner they marketed those same services three or four years ago are generally not having great success. You do not need to wonder why your results are lagging, change how you are looking for and marketing new leads. Look outside of the box and find opportunities that currently exist. Websites, newsletters and pin point marketing directed towards the clientele you want to attract does not need to be the straw that breaks your stride – a few pinpoint methods can help.

At the bottom of this webpage find a list of the items, we cover in this course.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding our
Home Study Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management classes.

Contractors Guide for Success – Project Management Class is $1,640.00.

We do not skip weeks once a class starts and classes can generally start within two weeks of registering / payment has been received. Because this is a one on one class, should an issue arise, with 24 hoursí notice we can reschedule to another time or even a different day to allow for conflicts in your schedule.

Before a contractor, their employee, or anyone who is interested wants to enroll in our Contractors Guide for Success –Project Management Class, we require those people to take a free computer webinar demonstration before they register for it. We no longer have registration links available on our website, we prefer to provide a free demonstration to prospective students before registering, so they can see some of what we teach, more important is how we teach it. Even if our relationship ends with a free demonstration, we want our prospective students to learn from our demonstration.

Use our Contact Us Page, tell us what those concerns are, and provide us a few days and times when you can spare an hour and a half. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar or an alternate day and time if we have a scheduling conflict. We schedule demonstrations and classes seven days a week between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Arizona Time. Your computer must have a wired high speed internet connection. You will need a telephone number; we strongly suggest having a headset for both the free demonstration and classes. Our webinar service requires Adobe Flash and Java; they have a system test which we will send you when we confirm your demonstration day and time.

If cash flow is a problem, but you want to attend one or more of our courses, contact us,
we can arrange a payment plan.

Supervisor Training Course

Our Supervisor Training course was added to our online webinar line of classes because as contractors, we often spend the least amount of time training our field supervisors. Contractors need these key management employees to succeed. This course is a quick four week course, one class per week to help our field supervisors understand the reason we need them to complete certain tasks; We show them why, while we are at it we provide techniques that will reduce their stress, reduce offices stress while maintaining, hopefully increasing, profits. As contractors, we ultimately live by the efforts that our field provides through their labor. Increase their chance of success by showing them their importance to the firm. We see an overwhelming increase in enthusiasm from our students and know that this course should be required of all employees, both field and office, as an overall tool for success. Our newest online course, Supervisor Training is a quick four week class allowing your Field Supervisor to be the center of the instructorís attention as it is only the instructor and your supervisor in class. We discuss topics to help your Supervisor increase their efficiencies and reduce reactive time in the field, this reactive time is the most expensive as it creates expensive problems that reduces profits. Contractor we often spend the least amount of time training our field supervisors why we need certain items to help them succeed. Intended to help our field supervisors understand the need, while we are at it, we provide techniques that will reduce their stress, the offices stress while maintaining, hopefully increasing profits. As contractors, we ultimately live by the efforts that our field provides through their labor. Increase their chance of success by showing them their importance to their firm. We see an overwhelming increase in enthusiasm from our students and know that this course should be required of all employees, both field and office, as an overall tool of success.

We know that contractors receive huge benefits when their field supervisors know about the estimate, how a time sheet is to be completed out or even when to fill them out, how to complete material requests and what information to include on them, how to complete an RFI or schedule their time at the project. This is backwards, as contractors we make our profits in the field, now the office can and should set up projects so that our field succeeds, we often fail to inform our supervisors on how we want them to run the project or what steps we may have taken in the office to help them succeed. We need to, as an industry, work harder at training these key management players, our field supervisors so that the company as a whole has better success. Did 2016 produce the results you wanted? If not, why will 2017 be any better? A little helps informing our field supervisors can make 2017 better, more profitable. Contact us; we can discuss what may work best for your company.

Our Supervisors class tuition is $935.00.

We do not skip weeks once classes have started and classes start within ten days of registeration/payment has been received.

Contractors outside of the United States contact us for rates.

Please contact us for available class times before registering,
to avoid delays starting your class.

At the bottom of this webpage find a list of the items, we cover in this course.

Do you need more information, click on the following link regarding our Supervisor Training Course.

Before a contractor, their employee, or anyone who is interested wants to enroll in our Supervisor Training Course, we require those people to take a free computer webinar demonstration before they register for it. We no longer have registration links available on our website, we prefer to provide a free demonstration to prospective students before registering, so they can see some of what we teach, more important is how we teach it. Even if our relationship ends with a free demonstration, we want our prospective students to learn from our demonstration.

Use our Contact Us Page, tell us what those concerns are, and provide us a few days and times when you can spare an hour and a half. We will send you a confirmation on which day and time we can complete your webinar or an alternate day and time if we have a scheduling conflict. We schedule demonstrations and classes seven days a week between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Arizona Time. Your computer must have a wired high speed internet connection. You will need a telephone number; we strongly suggest having a headset for both the free demonstration and classes. Our webinar service requires Adobe Flash and Java; they have a system test which we will send you when we confirm your demonstration day and time.

Not sure, this class will benefit your firmís profits. Contact us and we will schedule a free one hour telephone / webinar to show you some of our material. This offer is a one time, per contractor offer, no files or templates will be provided.

Consulting Options

We have an option for contractors that would like a short online consultation for contractors. Often we can address several issues in a two hour webinar. Now contractors can request one of these two hours consultations at a reduced rate so that they can see the results of our work at a cost less than an onsite visit. Each contractor can take advantage of two of these two hour webinar consultations. Our normal consulting rate is $225.00 per hour, for these initial two hour webinar consultations, we charge $250.00. On any additional consultations, our standard rate of $225.00 per hour will be charged, with a two hour minimum.

We need you to provide a description of the issues you want to discuss, we suggest that you provide 3 or 4 items, we feel comfortable with estimating, project management or field questions and often can answer a few of your questions in our two hours. When providing your questions, please provide your most pressing issue first, as we will work from your list when we talk. During our webinar, we can change topics quickly, if you need us to, providing us your initial list allows us to have given some thought so we are prepared for your webinar.

Register today for our Two hour Webinar Consulting Service.

For Contractors that would like to purchase our Microsoft Excel and Word 2003 / 2010 Estimating or Project Management Files without attending classes.

While these files are very good, in fact the same files that we use for actual projects, they are not a substitute for our classes, and no discount for students who have purchased files that later want to enroll in our class will be provided.

Classes are scheduled frequently. Do you need a different location, days, or class hours? Send us a request and we will make are best attempt to make your request happen. Are you the type that prefers home study classes? We will attempt to accommodate you.

Do you have questions regarding our classes or services? Utilize our Contact Us Page and ask your questions, we will respond generally within twenty-four hours.


Project Management

These following topics are covered in this class;

  1. Action plan (to do list)
  2. Bid log
  3. Budgeting
  4. Business strategy – business plan
  5. Change orders
  6. Claims
  7. Commodity material buyout
  8. Commodity material release
  9. Contracts
  10. Design / build projects
  11. Estimating
  12. Job closeout
  13. Jobsite reports / daily reports
  14. Jobsite visits
  15. Labor burden and overhead percentages
  16. Marketing
  17. Method to improve productivity
  18. Negotiations
  19. Ongoing training
  20. O&M manual
  21. Organizational skills
  22. Productivity
  23. Progress billings
  24. Proposals
  25. Pre–Job start up meeting
  26. Project schedule / 3 week rolling schedules
  27. Purchase orders
  28. Quality field labor
  29. Quoted material buyout / purchase orders
  30. Quoted material release
  31. Submittals
  32. Supervisor review time
  33. Time cards
  34. Tracking your results
  35. Value engineering / options
  36. Warranty work / warranty letter

Estimating

These following topics are covered in this class;

  1. Business strategy - business plan
  2. Action Plan (to do list)
  3. Bid Log
  4. Pre–Bid Evaluation
  5. Take Off Sheets
  6. Request for Information – RFI
  7. Manual Takeoff
    (We utilize a similar method for computer estimating)
  8. Manual Extension
  9. Labor Burden and Overhead Calculator
  10. Cap Sheet (summary of bid)
  11. Scope / Proposal Letter
  12. Pre–Proposal Bid Review
  13. Time Sheets
    (why they are important to you as an estimator)
  14. Change Order Estimating and Proposals
  15. Tracking Your Results

Supervisor

These following topics are covered in this class;

  1. Your business
  2. Safety Concern's
  3. Productivity Enhancement
  4. Personal money, living paycheck to paycheck
  5. Be ready to get in the game
  6. Have an open mind
  7. What money are you earning, that you do not see?
  8. What does an extra 5 minute break cost?
  9. What does it cost to train me?
  10. Listen, watch and learn
  11. Professionalism on the job site
  12. Appearance and fitness
  13. Work place ethics
  14. How do I get the Best jobs?
  15. It's not my job attitude
  16. How can my attitude affect the customer?
  17. How can my attitude affect other employees?
  18. Customer service and relationships
  19. What is an estimate and why should I care?
  20. How is an estimate completed?
  21. What is included in a labor unit?
  22. What does that quick trip to the wholesale house cost?
  23. Three week rolling schedules
  24. Methods to improve productivityĖhave material mobile and handy
  25. Jobsite reports
  26. Time cards and why they are important, other then to get paid
  27. Daily reports
  28. Jobsite visits
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