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The Human Factor within Project Time Management

Welcome to the Final Post in the CPM Mechanics Blog Series In this final post of the CPM Mechanics Blog Series (July 2012 – December 2013) I wish to emphasize the very real limits of the technical tool we call the Critical Path Method of Modeling. In Chapter 14 of CPM Mechanics we briefly considered […]

How Not to Interpret an Updated Schedule

The Fairytale of Alex in Blunderland Alex is a traditionally-trained Project Scheduler who performs traditional Planning and Scheduling practices dutifully, and flawlessly.  Yet, the fruits of his labor are – well, flawed! How is this possible? It is possible because the underlying theory behind standard Planning and Scheduling practices is itself misguided in many important and cumulatively-impacting […]

Schedule Mining: GRASPing the Schedule’s Best Advice

The Truth About the Credibility of Schedule Data In a companion blog at It’s About T.I.M.E., we learned that all Schedule Elements in a Project Schedules are expressed in terms of what Cognitive Project Management calls Schedule Tense. We learned that a Schedule has three Schedule Segments: Past Segment, Current Segment, and Future Segment. And […]

Project START Summit and Schedule Design

Cognitive Project Management calls for a Project START Summit  to be held during the first week following Contract Award. The Project START Summit shall be hosted and chaired by the General Contractor, and should be attended by members of all of the primary organizations participating in the project, including Owner, Architect, Engineers, Construction Manager, Owner’s […]

Planning for Project Time Management

I would like to talk about something that Dominant (current) Project Management literature has all but ignored completely: the planning that is an essential prerequisite to effective Project Time Management. It is my contention that Project Time Management doesn’t just happen; it is carefully planned and just as mindfully executed. Little is left to happenstance. And […]

What Serves Projects Better: Controlling or Optimizing?

The Lost Notion (and Art) of Optimization I stated in a previous blog (“When Means Become Ends,” February 2013) that over the last few decades we have seen a gradual (and, I believe, less than helpful) shift in focus within Dominant Project Management ideology and practice such that what used to be a means to an end too […]

Why Communal Relationships Matter

Communal Relationships Are Important for the Project Leadership to Understand Communal Relationships matter because they help us to understand why and how the Project Schedule can — without your ever noticing it —transform, ever so subtly, from a useful project management tool into a damaging and disruptive social weapon. What are Communal Relationships? Cognitive Project […]

Using Free Float to Optimize Resources

We’ve all been in this situation. You are driving down a highway at a fairly decent rate of speed when, ahead of you about a half-mile, you see a distant traffic light turn from green to amber to red. What do you do? Do you continue barreling down the road and then screech to a […]

Critical Path Myth, Part 3: Conclusion? Delusion!

Overview Blog Series Abstract The widespread faith in the Critical Path Concept is not justified by the facts. Still, those with a vested interest in their projects finishing timely continue to support the Critical Path Concept and embrace recommended practices that they are told will lead to more successful projects. This three-part blog series is […]

Critical Path Myth, Part 2: Diffusion and Infusion

Overview Blog Series Abstract The widespread faith in the Critical Path Concept is not justified by the facts. Still, those with a vested interest in their projects finishing timely continue to support the Critical Path Concept and embrace recommended practices that they are told will lead to more successful projects. This three-part blog series is […]