May 5th, 2015

By Richard Korman with Stephen H. Daniels

Four scheduling experts, all deeply experienced in the critical path method (CPM) that uses math to draw network diagrams of a project schedule, met recently in a restaurant just outside Philadelphia. The purpose was to discuss a new unit at the Project Management Institute, in Newtown Square, Pa. The College of Scheduling they have launched would promote “the fundamentals of project management” and encourage “a free exchange of ideas.”

One of the reasons for starting the college is disconcerting. What is described as a CPM schedule these days sometimes isn’t one at all, the four experts claim. If that claim is true, it says a lot about how personal computers have transformed scheduling and what could be in store as technology reshapes other phases of the construction process…

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