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CPM Mechanics is, far and away, the most comprehensive, coherent, and practical text ever written about the raw, underlying mechanics of the Critical Path Method (CPM).
If ever you wanted to understand – really understand – how the
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Since CPM Mechanics is about the Critical Path Method, and CPM is central to Project Time Management, and Project Time Management is at the epicenter of Project Management, we suggest that you begin there .. by clicking the button at the top-left ... and then work your way across the top buttons.
Of course, if you are short on time, you may want to go directly to the button on the top-right to learn all about the book itself. There you will find a complete Table of Contents and much more about what CPM Mechanics has to offer.(Top of Page)
CPM Mechanics requires the entire length of its nearly 500 pages to fully explain what all other CPM books only superficially discuss in a few short chapters.
Here is what Professor Gunnar Lucko of the Catholic University of America had to say about CPM Mechanics:
"A truly new and comprehensive explanation of scheduling mechanics from the ground up. It effectively explains each step in the voice of a senior scheduler standing right beside the student's side. The amount of detail exceeds any other textbook, yet is presented clearly without overwhelming the reader."
CPM Mechanics is written in a friendly conversational style by a world-renowned authority on Construction Project Time Management. The author has infused the text with his unique personal perspective, one that evolved over a dizzying 35-year career as a seasoned Construction Planner/Scheduler on over 225 construction projects (worldwide) of virtually every project type one can think of. (Top of Page)
CPM Mechanics fifteen chapters are heavily sprinkled with over 225 fully self-explanatory illustrations presented in crisp and vibrant colors. A nine-page List of Figures, along with a seven-page Table of Contents and 300-item Index make it a breeze to zero in on any topic within seconds. And the electronic version is completely hyperlinked for even faster and easier navigation. (Top of Page)
CPM Mechanics is guaranteed to take you further and deeper into CPM details than you have ever been before. The author, in a provocative style that made his previous book a best-seller, dares to challenge what he insists are gross misunderstandings with respect to some well-worn project management definitions and perceptions about CPM features and functions.
[As just one example among dozens of equally-intriguing discussions, the author insists (and subsequently proves) that Free Float is an Activity PATH attribute, and not the sole possession of the last activity in a string, as is commonly/overwhelmingly taught.]
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But the book’s overarching goal, of explaining how CPM works "under the hood," is never forgotten … despite the occasional detour into a meaty, insightful side discussion. ALL (and we mean ALL) of the details of the Critical Path Method are completely examined, sometimes in incredible "baby steps." For instance, there is a multi-page discussion of the construction of the Activity Box! And another few pages are spent on "how to draw an arrow (the logic tie)." The book is flooded with one critical path analysis example after another! (Top of Page)
There is so much to include in a fair review of CPM Mechanics --- that ICS-Publications has created an entire website just to explain the book. To learn everything you ever wanted to know about CPM Mechanics, the book … go to www.cpmmechanics.com. (Top of Page)
CPM Mechanics is one of the best project management books on how the Critical Path Analysis actually works "under the hood." This is a Must Have/Must Read reference for anyone who wants to truly and completely understand the core fundamentals of CPM.
CPM Mechanics is essential reading for Owners, Contractors, Construction Managers, Owner’s Representatives, Project Managers, Superintendents, Architects, Engineers, Claims Consultants, Construction Lawyers, Educators, Trainers … and Planners and Schedulers (and other Project Controls personnel) from novice to seasoned professional.
The fact is that anyone who has a vested interest in the timely completion of construction projects should read this CPM book. Why?
And to be valuable as possible to the Project Execution effort, those who will apply the information gleaned from the Project Schedule must also understand how CPM works at it core. (Top of Page)
Note: CPM Mechanics is the first book in a series of books that will teach you everything you need to know about Construction Project Time Management. Once you digest this (Technology) book on the underlying mechanics of CPM, look for its companion (Methodology) book on the human aspects of Project Time Management -- on how to design, develop, maintain, and use the Project Schedule.
This book is so important as a foundation for subsequent learning about
Construction Project Time Management that we have built two
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