Testimonials about CPM Mechanics

CPM Mechanics, both the book and the course, is receiving raving reviews from experts and newbies, alike. Just consider the lavish praise coming in from the world’s leading authorities on Construction Project Management, as well as those from every Planning/Scheduling practitioners.

Praise from World-Renowned Experts in Construction Project Management

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. Dr. Gunnar Lucko, Professor, The Catholic University of America

Murray Woolf, a colleague of many years, is offering you an opportunity to study the mechanics of CPM. If you don’t thoroughly understand how CPM works, you are at the mercy of you software and most tools get the mechanics wrong to a greater or lesser extent. This is not a simple subject! Murray’s book CPM Mechanics takes this analysis much further and focuses on how the mechanics affect the practice of CPM scheduling. His Course uses the book as its foundation text and works through the text to build a deep understanding of our practice.

Why are we promoting this Course? Because exam prep courses do not go deeply into the mechanics of the CPM process – it is not a requirement of the examination specifications and the courses are focused on getting you through the exam! But I personally believe developing a CPM schedule without a good understanding of ‘CPM mechanics’ is as dangerous as driving a car with no idea of vehicle mechanics. You are perfectly OK until something starts to go wrong and then you are helpless. Murray’s course won’t help you change a tire or fix a fan belt but it will help you understand and fix broken schedules, and more importantly help you avoid getting into trouble in the first place!  – Pat Weaver, Trainer/Consultant, Mosaic Projects Blogger

Great Book you hit a home run with this one. – Kurt Voytell, Project Controls Supervisor, Shaw Group

I read your book and was blown away by two concepts; Performance Intensity (PI) and Discrete Activity Float. I’ve searched for a Cadence metric and really appreciate the fact that PI is found in every schedule, whether resource loaded or not. I’ve thought of the rate as “Cadence” on past projects that I have scheduled alluding to the cadence of a long-distance runner and also to a musical progression that concludes a piece of music. – Gary Cummins, Project Coordinator, Lane Community College

Congratulations on your excellent and articulate explanation. I have often referred to my similar explanations at executive briefing on this topic as the – Philadelphia lawyer briefing – with the executives most often losing patience and the subject, long before the point. You have done an excellent job here. I have the book as a reference by my desk and refer to it on a regular basis. Your observations and definition are consistent with my experiences for the past 30 years. Your lead in driving the conversation and discipline to further define the elements of Project Controls is a significant effort that helps clarify the many facets & levels of delivery. Well done Murray, you have an informed and articulate command of this subject. Murray is one of the brightest in our business, and I highly recommend his book and following him on LinkedIn. – Thomas Congleton, Director of Project Controls, GE Electric

I liked the details in CPM Mechanics; its detail in CPM computations and CPM topics are beyond what I have seen in so many other scheduling books. It was a good decision to get the book. You have put significant effort and knowledge that will be valuable for my scheduling classes. – Dr. Ahmed Aziz, Professor, University of Washington

Jack, last week you requested some information on training of your personnel. I have attached contact information on one of my colleagues who has an online course (to the training course information/registration. Please feel free to contact him or me if you require any further assistance.  CPM Mechanics, the Course, is extremely helpful and will do everything you need. It is work-at-your-own-pace, so very convenient. Murray is the most knowledgeable person regarding scheduling theory I know, and you and your team would greatly benefit from his training course. – Kevin Cranford, Scheduling Consultant, Project CPM

Accolades from In-the-Trench Practitioners in Construction Project Time Management

I have just devoured the CPM Mechanics. I love it! I hope the proper side of my brain was listening so it stays in my grey matter and is accessible for everyday use. Finally  — one direction and one prize! To work projects in a cost-effective, time-sensitive way, with a Quality outcome every time, by everyone! The Construction Industry requires a SOP doctrine. I have pulled my hair out so many times running Projects where AS4100 clashes with AS3600. What a fantastic industry it would be if it was to grab your ICS-Compendium and make it Standard Operating Procedure. Then I wouldn’t have a drinking problem. I am going to use and sell CPM Mechanics for real. All projects in Australia are Union filled with millions being bleed out of every single job. With ICS-Compendium as doctrine they can go back and work like the rest of us! –  Mark Smolinski

I think you are on the right track by opening as many eyes as you can reach out to with this book and course, including your inviting academic participants; then they can listen to what you offer and hopefully understand your logic and incorporate into their curriculum. Just as the Dominant authorities spread their messages, (lectures, books, word of mouth, training, etc.) CPM Mechanics will have an impact as well. This was a really interesting and informative read. I know I will have to reread it all to better and fully comprehend all the information that is packed in one chapter. It’s a tough battle, to be sure, but I believe that all that participate will also aid in the process. Connie Bremer

I have read Murray’s book and it is one of the best books in the market for planning and scheduling. I really admire his work and his effort in the College of Scheduling as one of the pioneers in this field. Ayman Assal

I have seen books about this topic that only scratch the surface of the iceberg. Chapter 5 is way down to the bottom of the seabed. Don’t speed read through the chapter, go slow and digest well. Kudos to you Murray for the extra effort in leaving an imprint to the knowledge of those who believe. A word of encouragement to fellow readers: Though this comment is for the previous Forward/Backward Pass chapter, I agree with Murray to the max that Chapter 5 is the most important chapter in the CPM Mechanics book and very informative to the Facilitator’s profession. I have seen books about this topic that only scratch the surface of the iceberg. Chapter 5 is way down to the bottom of the seabed. Don’t speed read through the chapter, go slow and digest well. Kudos to you Murray for the extra effort in leaving an imprint to the knowledge of those who believe. –  Norman Aquino

This book does such a good job building on each subject. The future chapters only build on Chapter 5’s concepts so this is must understand concept. Michael Neal

I also must note that while reading … I quickly gained the sense that someone finally cared enough to sort out this confusion and find a way to iron out this mess once and for all. I commend Murray’s efforts to revitalize how we view and think of CPM and project management in construction and very much look forward to seeing what Cognitive Project Management has to offer! Richard Cammaretta

You can count me as one of your followers. I agree with you that too many planners do not understand how limited and deceptive their P3 tools are. Your points echo Dr. Taleb’s discussion of the impact of the spreadsheet on our (dis)ability to forecast in his seminal book, The Black Swan.-  Charles Fournier

Some of your concepts have been rattling around in my head for years. I just simply have not been able to put a name or context for them. Your explanations have clarified and solidified my thoughts a great deal.– James Terrell

Finally I found a deep and comprehensive technical manual for scheduling, I have been looking for this for many years. I am very interested in the course, probably I will be purchasing soon. Thank you so much. I admire your knowledge. –  Ismael Munoz Machado

Murray, keeping in mind that this book was written for the inexperienced at CPM, I think that defining even the simplest aspects, such as the borders of an activity, is key to reinforcement of understanding restriction linkages. Murray, the book provided a great example that depicted a free float symbiotic relationship. The lessons learned for this topic were definitely an eye opener; float in any form was never really fully explained to me. I just knew it was an excess, or lack of, available period of time. It’s easy to see how different disciplines might, in their minds, believe they have a little extra time to perform their tasks, when in reality they are actually in symbiotic (impact potential) and communal (sharing float) relationships and one’s efforts can impact all other activities on the same downstream path, open communication is key. It might also be construed that one is purposely performing slower than necessary, squandering the float, which could certainly create conflict. Connie Bremer