About the CPM Mechanics Symposium 

SymposiumLet’s be clear about something: the CPM Mechanics Symposium is not a face-to-face conference. Rather, it is an online Project Time Management opinion exchange. Think of it as an online “book club,” where CPM Mechanics is the only book being discussed. As you read a chapter from the book, you can log into the Symposium:

  • To see what others have said about that chapter; and,
  • To leave your own pearls of wisdom for others, who will succeed you.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CPM Mechanics Symposium

You may have some questions about the CPM Mechanics Symposium. Let’s see if we can answer them.

Why did we create the CPM Mechanics Symposium in the first place?

It is estimated that greater than 80% of all Construction Project Schedules are not produced by professional schedulers at all, but instead by either Project Managers and General Superintendents. With little doubt, virtually all of these schedules are built on the Critical Path Method (CPM) platform. The problem is that — again, according to research — 90% of these Project Managers and General Superintendents have had inadequate training (or no training at all) as to how the Critical Path Method works. The CPM Mechanics Symposium is intended to help fill this educational void.

Who would benefit most from the CPM Mechanics Symposium?

It should come as no surprise that the CPM Mechanics Symposium was designed and developed specifically for Construction Project Managers and General Superintendents who work for Contractors or Owners and their agents (Owner’s Representatives, Construction Managers, Architects, Engineers, Consultant). This is not to say that others cannot participate or benefit — only that the structure and content of the CPM Mechanics Symposium has been tailored to the informational needs of Construction Project Managers and General Superintendents.

Where is the CPM Mechanics Symposium to be found?

The CPM Mechanics Symposium is hosted on LinkedIn where ICS-Global has had a presence for over a decade. For those unfamiliar with LinkedIn, it is a free social networking site for business professionals. Most of the action takes place in “discussion groups” where participants can post their thoughts and read the thoughts of others.

The ICS-Institute is proud to present a one-of-a-kind company-specific learning environment where inquisitive minds (such as yours) can fully and broadly explore the fascinating world of Construction Project Time Management (PTM).

While we administer numerous CPM Mechanics Symposiums, each one is a closed-session program offered exclusively to the employees of a single constructor organization.

To participate in the CPM Mechanics Symposium, simply join LinkedIn, create a user name and password, create a profile that describes you to the business world, and then request to join the CPM Mechanics Symposium group for your company. If your company does not currently have its own CPM Mechanics Symposium, speak to your company’s HR or Training Manager about signing up for the entirely free program! And, if your company does sign up, then you will receive a “50% Off” coupon toward either the CPM Mechanics Course or the CPM Mechanics book (hard cover).

When does the CPM Mechanics Symposium start?

The CPM Mechanics Symposium is ongoing. That is, it has no start date or finish date. Think of it as a digital bulletin board, where you post your opinions and you read the opinions of others. And, like a chat room, you can argue with one another.

How does the CPM Mechanics Symposium actually work?

As for how the CPM Mechanics Symposium works, it is really quite simple. Since LinkedIn is a social networking site that allows individuals to hold meaningful conversations, the CPM Mechanics Symposium is merely a series of structured and guided discussions that build upon one another. The topics of discussion are based on CPM Mechanics, the underlying text for the program. The moderator for the CPM Mechanics Symposium is none other than the author of the book.

The CPM Mechanics Symposium itself is divided into eighteen Discussion Sessions. Discussion Sessions are organized to correspond to the eighteen Study Units of CPM Mechanics Course. The way it work is that there is a Reading Assignment followed by suggested discussions questions or topics. The questions have been carefully designed to elicit thoughtful responses. Participants will learn as much from fellow construction professionals as from the text or author/moderator.

As you read through the book, CPM Mechanics, be sure to cross-check your mental musings with the posted comments and opinions of others who have read the same section of the book. And be sure to post your own thoughts for posterity! What makes the CPM Mechanics Symposium such a novel teaching devise is that it allows individuals from completely different walks of professional life to contrast and compare different ways of skinning the cat.

What does the CPM Mechanics Symposium cost?

That’s easy! It is freeOf course, you will want to purchase your own copy of CPM Mechanics, the underlying text. Let’s face it: you will not get as much out of a “book review” if you aren’t reading the book.

So, Now What?

Well, if you still have lingering questions, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. One of our helpful associates will respond promptly.

If you have already decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. Join LinkedIn (if you aren’t already a member).
  2. Join ICS-Global (if you aren’t already a member of this LinkedIn group).
  3. Confirm that there is a CPM Mechanics Symposium for your company. If your company does not already participate, speak to your HR or Training Manager. How can they turn down a program that enriches their employees while not costing a single penny!
  4. Complete an Enrollment Application Form in order to apply for admission into the CPM Mechanics Symposium.
  5. Get CPM Mechanics, the book.

For a thorough, detailed review of the CPM Mechanics Course, click here.