[Homestead] Home manufacturing business series, recent post #6

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Wed Sep 22 12:45:49 EDT 2004


A lot of red meat here, I will confine the subject to the Critical Path 
Method---applicable to almost any business behone use of an Irish Steam 
Shovel---round-point shovel and wheelbarrow.


Home Manufacturing Business Series, recent post #6

Management tool---the Critical Path Method writ large on your office 
wall.  Those annoying little laptop screens have their place---you don't 
have to carry around a box of records with you, but as reference to what 
you have to do for the day, the week and month, they are damn near 
worthless---what you need is real visual impact and nothing provides it 
as well as a huge wall-chart.  As a 1950-s tract developer and builder 
of mass-housing, I found CPM to be invaluable, even in its early stages 
where less than a dozen tract builders in the United States adopted this 
style of project management.

Of course, you can still buy four-foot high and wide sheets of paper at 
your local office supply store, but when Hewlett Packard came out with 
its capacity for printing banners in color, it made life much easier for 
Building Contractors, to whom a wall-mounted Critical Path chart is a 
lifeline.

http://www.netmba.com/operations/project/cpm/  (Dupont originator, 
quickly adopted by real estate tract developers and mass-builders

http://www.buildersnet.org/cpmtutor/cpmtutor.html  (your Critical Path 
method tutorial)

http://www.ifors.ms.unimelb.edu.au/tutorial/about/cpm_about.html  (CPM 
tutorial, Gantt Chart refinement)

http://www.robertluttman.com/Week4/page5.htm  (Process Thinking as 
applied to Healthcare)

http://www.thebluebook.com/cl/all1350.htm  (CPM info from Blue Book of 
Construction and Building

http://www.interplansystems.com/html-docs/critical-path-method-scheduling.html)  
(CPM transparency and reconciling two CPM charts)

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/Critical_Path_Method.html  (Webopedia on 
the CPM project manager technique)

http://recenter.tamu.edu/soft/sw1017.html  (small, simple, easy to 
learn, free real estate CPM application)

http://hadm.sph.sc.edu/Courses/J716/CPM/CPM.html  (network analysis of 
problems)

http://www.interplansystems.com/turnaround-project-management-primer/critical-path-method.html  
(CPM for turnaround specialists---you have a failing business, someone 
elses (or your own), CPM is where you start to rectify the problems and 
convert failure to success.)

http://www.pmforum.org/library/glossary/PMG_C12.htm  (glossary of CPM 
terms.)

http://www.maxwideman.com/pmglossary/PMG_C13.htm  (Wideman Glossary)

http://www.mycoted.com/creativity/techniques/cpm.php  (this and 
following websites for informational redundancy and comparison---this is 
specifically related to Housebuilder Contractor projects)

http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/facstaff/davis_r/courses/QBAreader/cpmalgorithm.html  
(CPM algorithm)

http://64.233.179.104/search?q=cache:BI9M4QvDngwJ:weblog.halmacomber.com/Fool_Me_Once_Twice.pdf+critical+path+method&hl=en  
DON'T FORGET THAT CRITICAL PATH CHARTS ARE ESTIMATES!!---THEY HAVE TO BE 
CONFORMED TO REALITY!!




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