When starting a job it's easy to order bulk material to start dropping in the hole and start building footings in place. A little bit of planning and coordinating can go a long way. Here is a five step plan to pre-build footing form's efficiently.
First: Planning. Make a plan deciding, how many forms to build, based off how many re-uses (if any) you plan on.
Second: Design form-work drawings. Produce lift drawings: there are many great programs out there to help with the design, like SketchUp or Tekla. You want to produce an easy to read/understand shop drawing. It should have an overall plan, total quantity of footings to pre-build and quantity of units of plywood, bunks of 2x4 etc.. As well as separate sheets with individual footing types that have a count and size of 2x4’s and plywood.
Third: Order your material and equipment. Before you're scheduled to start: have all you materials and equipment delivered ahead of time. There's nothing more unproductive than a crew waiting on tools or material.
Fourth: Organize the crew. Handout the lift drawing and assign each one to a task. set your daily production goals; pumping up your team before you start..
Fifth: Set up shop. Build an assembly line, giving each worker with a certain assignment. Arrange jig's, panel/table saws and determine a fastener system (nail gun vs. conventional hammer and nail or screws), to efficiently assemble the form-work.