Guide To Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects


 Book Title: Guide To Good Practice in the Management of Time in Complex Projects

Authors:  Chartered Institute of Building – Time Management Working Group – Keith Pickavance
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (UK)
List Price: US $73.50
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN:  978-1-4443-3493-7

Reviewer: Mitch Cartmell, PMP

Review Date: June 2012


Introduction to the Book

Guide To Good Practice in the Management Of Time In Complex Projects is a collaboration of the Time-Management Working Group, of the Charter Institute of Building, the United Kingdom trade association of construction contractors.  It is a practitioner’s guidebook for planning and managing robust project schedules, which minimize the risk of project delays.

Written in handbook format, the guide contains step-by-step procedures, from strategy and planning, to developing a time plan and managing project execution. It is based on the principle that, while simple projects can be managed through intuition, complex projects cannot be managed using intuition alone.  The guidebook presents a procedural framework for scientific time management.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Guide is written in an index-numbered hierarchy of process steps for planning, developing and managing a complex time plan. Each section presents an ordered series of process steps, intended to be taken in logical order.

The book opens with a preamble containing Core Principles of Project Time Management, along with the defining attributes of the Planning, Scheduling and Project Control functions. It next provides instructions for establishing a Time Management strategy. Sections 3 through 5 contain procedural instructions for Developing, Managing and Communicating the Time-Model.  The book concludes with reference appendices on time-model risks and scheduling software attributes.


This guidebook is a comprehensive reference manual for project time-management.   It contains procedural details across the broad spectrum of schedule management, from initiation and planning, through developing and executing a time-plan.


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About the Reviewer

Mitch Cartmell, PMP

Mitch Cartmell, PMP is a Senior Program Manager with experience in the Aerospace, Commercial Aviation and Information Technology industries.  As an Industrial Engineer, Mitch performed Program Management on the B1-B, B2 and C-17 aircraft manufacturing programs. As an Information Technology Program Manager, Mitch has performed complex technology deliveries for companies including Neiman Marcus, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Wells Fargo Bank. Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science – Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  Mitch can be contacted at [email protected].

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