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Faster Construction Projects with CPM Schedulingby PMI-SP Murray B. PMP Woolf
Synopses & Reviews
COMPLETE YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS FASTER - USING THE LATEST CONCEPTS IN PERFORMANCE CONTROL
A comprehensive review that gives you insight into the latest innovations in network-based project planning, scheduling, and control…saving you time and money on all construction projects.
Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling contains a full explanation of the new and innovative Scheduling Practice Paradigm, and translates it into tangible steps you can use to create powerful project schedules designed to boost productivity on any job. Completely compatible with the Collaborative Model, the new Scheduling Practice Paradigm provides, commitment planning, execution scheduling, and comprehensive performance control.
Written in a friendly, conversational style, this ultimate guide explains:
Inside:Keeping Your Eye on the Donut: The Allure of the Project Schedule • Understanding the Scheduling Theater • Why Our Schedules Disappoint Our Customers • The Changing Style of Project Management o Creating a Penchant for Change: The New Scheduling Practice Paradigm • Introduction to Dilemma Control • Introduction to Momentology • Recap of New Concepts and Terminology • The Scheduling Practice and Faster Projects • Preserving Project Schedule Integrity: Anatomy of a Schedule • Working at Cross-Purposes • Execution Scheduling and Performance Control: Schedule Design • Schedule Development • Schedule Components • Performance Reporting • Performance Control • Epilogue: Creating Schedules They'll Actually Want to Use!
Praise for Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling:
“[A] very strong addition to our knowledge about construction contracting and project scheduling.” Matt Stevens, Author, Managing a Construction Firm on Just 24 Hours a Day
“This is a seminal work which will shape this industry for generations to come.” Keith Pickavance, Senior Vice President, Hill International
“Momentum Management may well be the most practical and straight-forward concept devised to date.” Mike Hopkins, Vice President, Fluor,
”I felt that the subject matter and style were appropriate for any scheduler who has “been in the trenches” more than a couple of times. After twenty plus years of scheduling, I was pleased to find that I was not out in a foxhole by myself.” Ted Douglas, President, ACTPMA, LLC
“I told my boss that we will need to purchase a copy for every scheduling person at Alpha, due to the technical and practical accuracy and clarity.” Chris Carson, Corporate Director of Project Controls, Alpha Corporation
“I was glad to see this in print. Many people monitor a schedule strictly by float and don't understand that there is so much more involved in the analysis of a schedule that just looking at float or even earned value. I would recommend this book to all of the classes that I teach.” Jeff Huneycutt, US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District
“I am just glad that I am not alone in the way I see the project controls business. I would like to buy a couple copies of the book for the staff to reads.” Craig Olsen, President, Scheduling Consultants, Ltd.
“The book makes some very good points that the novice or even seasoned practitioner should read.” Keith Howard, Motorola Inc.
Harness Innovative New Methods for Creating and Maintaining Construction Schedules that Save Time and Money!
Project managers and contractors can now utilize innovative new methods for scheduling construction projects that save both time and money-and are completely compatible with the Critical Path Method (CPM). Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling shows construction professionals how to apply these powerful methods in the design, development, maintenance, and usage of their project schedules.
This book introduces three dynamic new concepts: Project Facilitation Management-which serves as a clearinghouse for all essential data provided to the project manager; Momentum Management (Momentology)_for the first time ever in the history of project management, the ability to measure, monitor, predict, and influence the rate at which work is performed; and Dilemma Forecasting and Control-an early warning system for predicting and mitigating various types of schedule slippage. Designed to boost productivity on any job, Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling features:
Inside This Construction Scheduling Resource• The Allure of the Project Schedule • Understanding the Scheduling Theater • Why Our Schedules Disappoint Their Customers • Dilemma Control • Momentology • Concepts and Terminology • Project Facilitation and Successful Schedules • Anatomy of a Network • Benefits and Limitations of Existing Methodologies • Schedule Design • Schedule Development • Schedule Construction • Schedule Maintenance • Schedule Analysis and Reporting • Creating Schedules They'll Actually Want to Use • Appendices
About the Author
Murray B. Woolf, PMP, is president of the International Center for Scheduling, Inc. He founded ICS as his response to the number of challenges facing the Scheduling Practice in the United States and globally. ICS, although in its infancy, promises to change the face of the Scheduling Practice by providing coordinated support programs, products, and services to Scheduling Practitioners and their customers. Specifically, the ICS model includes education and training, job placement support, research, publications, credentialing, scheduling specifications software, objective quality scoring of schedules and scheduling programs, direct scheduling support, and consulting.
Mr. Woolf has more than 30 years of project management, project controls, training, consulting, and expert witness experience. He spent the bulk of his career providing project management and project controls services on over 125 projects worldwide, with combined value estimated at around $28 billion.
Mr. Woolf is a frequent lecturer and writer on Scheduling Practice topics, and is the inventor of numerous Scheduling Practice innovations, including Momentum Management and Dilemma Forecasting. He is a member and a vice president of the PMI College of Scheduling (CoS), and the first Managing Director of the Scheduling Excellence Initiative (a CoS endeavor to write best practice and guidelines for the Scheduling Practice).
Table of Contents
PART 1: Keeping Your Eye on the Donut
Chapter 2: Understanding the Scheduling Theater
Chapter 4: The Changing Style of Project Management
Chapter 5: The New Scheduling Practice Paradigm: Specializations, Positions, Deliverables, and Roles
Chapter 7: Introduction to Momentology
Chapter 9: Scheduling Practice and Faster Projects
Chapter 10: Anatomy of a Schedule
Part 4: Execution Scheduling and Performance Control
Chapter 13: Concerning Schedule Development
Chapter 15: Performance Recording
Part 5: Epilogue