Course Syllabus

CPM Mechanics Course Syllabus

Week 1: What is Critical Path Scheduling?

The Three Meanings of “CPM Scheduling”
CPM from the Project Manager’s Perspective
CPM from the Project Facilitator’s Perspective
Introducing the ICS-Compendium
ICS-Compendium Deals with Construction Project Management

Week 2: Introducing Static Project Time Management

What Do We Mean by “Static Project Time Management?”
What is a “Schedule?”
What are Listings?
What are Timetables?
What are Bar Charts?
What are Events and Milestones?

Week 3: Introducing Dynamic Project Time Management

What Do We Mean by “Dynamic Project Time Management?”
Differentiating between Dependencies and Relationships
Three Categories of Relationships in a Schedule
The Terminology of Performance Restrictions
Activity Path: Connected Series of Immediately-Consequential Relationships

Week 4: CPM’s Four Restriction Linkages

Identification of Dependency Types
Performance Restriction’s Three Key Attributes
CPM Dependency Types: Traditional Clarifications
CPM Dependency Types: per Cognitive Project Management

Week 5: Introducing the Network-Based Project Schedule & Its Key Elements

Gregorian Dates and Ordinal Dates
Dates Come First, Nor First
Key Elements of a CPM Schedule
CPM Modeling Method: Algorithm or Graphics?
Distinguishing State of Being and Functional Process

Week 6: CPM Modeling Method: Algorithm or Graphics?

Dissecting the Activity “Box”
The Point-of-Day Perspective
The Connecting Arrow; the Logic Ties
How to Draw the Finish-to-Start Tie
How to Draw the Start-to-Start Tie
How to Draw the Finish-to-Finish Tie

Week 7: Introducing the Forward Pass and Earliest Dates

Forward Pass Calculations through Finish-to-Start Logic Ties
Forward Pass Calculations through Start-to-Start Logic Ties
Forward Pass Calculations through Finish-to-Finish Logic Ties

Week 8: Introducing the Backward Pass, Latest Dates, and Two Kinds of Float Calculations

Backward Pass Calculations through Finish-to-Start Logic Ties
Backward Pass Calculations through Start-to-Start Logic Ties
Backward Pass Calculations through Finish-to-Finish Logic Ties
Five Key Elements of All CPM Schedules
Schedule Float: Two Most Prevalent Types
Total Float: A General Understanding
Free Float: A General Understanding

Week 9: Understanding the Concept of Total Float

A Cursory Introduction to Date Constraints
Total Float: Ideological Discussions
Total Float Calculations

Week 10: Understanding the Concept of a Critical Path

Critical Path: Two Schools of Thought (and Maybe a Third)
What We Have Learned about Critical Path
List of Common Mistakes in Definitions of Critical Path
ICS-Research Recommends “Controlling” or “Paramount” Path
One Critical Path for Each Fixed Performance Commitment
Within a Critical Path Network, What is a “Path?”
Identifying a “Critical Path”

Week 11: Understanding Free Float & Symbiotic Relationships

Free Float Calculations
Free Float: Ideological Discussions
Free Float Defined
More about Symbiotic Relationships
More about Consequential Relationships
Phenomenon of Multi-Path Residency

Week 12: Schedule Elements that Provide Advanced Modeling Capabilities

Essential and Supplemental Schedule Elements
Understanding Date Constraints
Understanding Work Calendars
Understanding Software Settings

Week 13: Schedule Elements that Facilitate Schedule Data Management

Understanding Activity Codes
Understanding a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Activity-Resident Notations and Logs
What a WBS Is

Week 14: Schedule Elements that Enhance Schedule Functionality

Activity-Resident Project Cost Information
Activity-Resident Project Resource Information

Week 15: How Time is Understood in a Project Schedule

About Schedule Editions and Schedule Iterations
About Schedule Tense
Introducing the Data Date
Time Passage and Performance Achievement
Schedule Periods: Their Dimensions and Boundaries
Schedule Segment Data: Contextual Perspective
Inherent Nature of Different Schedule Segment Data Types

Week 16: Schedule Data Credibility Profile

Credibility Profile Locates Data Date on Project Timeline
Schedule Data Integrity Improves across the Project Length
Credibility Profile Explains Project Model Gradual Usefulness
Understanding the Schedule Data Credibility Profile
The Schedule Data Credibility Profile on Construction Projects
What GRASP Tells Us about Dominant Project Management
CPM Project Schedule Actually Three Execution Models in One Secret to Most Effective Execution Model: Gleaned Data GRASP the True Meaning of a Dynamic Project Schedule

Week 17: Understanding Schedule Updates

Schedule Updating Process, in General
Schedule Updating Considerations, in General
CPM Terms Associated with Schedule Updating
Two Essential Variables Important to Schedule Updating
Understanding Out-of-Sequence Work
How to Interpret a Schedule Update

Week 18: Interpreting the Project Execution Model

What the Critical Path Method of Modeling is Not!
What the Critical Path Method of Modeling Is!
Not All Poject Execution Models are Schedules
Where Do You Go From Here?