Start with Takt

Updated: Apr 1

CPM is a requirement for most construction projects. That's fine! We can make that work... If... you start your plan with a Takt plan and create flow.

When projects are created in CPM flow is not naturally created in the system. The picture below shows an analysis of a project created in CPM.

You may notice some of the activity colors have flow, and others stack, and others actually go backward. This is a common finding when doing a flow analysis on CPM schedules across the country. This is why projects crash land, crew counts increase, material inventory becomes unmanageable, and we do not have flow. The only way to fix this is to structure a schedule with flow. The graphic below shows this effort based on the example above.

What do you see? You see a better flow, you see there is a need for separate crews in the second area, and you see the path to completion. This approach will finish the project on time. Once this analysis is done, it is time to format this into a Takt plan for the project to follow:

Now we have a plan the entire project can follow. But! And this is the inspired part... All of this would have been easier if we would have started with Takt, and then built a CPM schedule from it if the Owner requires it.

Our plea is to please start with Takt planning. Please design flow into your system. Please set yourself up for success. If you start with Takt planning, you will have a more correct overall project duration, a steady flow, reduced chances of a crash landing at the end, and reduced crew counts, material inventory, and costs. This is what winning looks like!

117 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Right now, projects lose millions, burn people out, and offend customers with bad operations.


We have the right people, and we have the right knowledge available; you can’t blame it on your team or the craft—you can’t claim that this is the only way. 


What this industry needs is more frequent and effective training, and training that will truly enable people to perform at a high level regardless of their level of comfort.


Training on key systems like Team Building, Organizational Health, and Personal Organization.  These will enable a team to learn Takt Planning, the Last Planner System, Scrum, and other Lean methodologies.


With Elevate, you will win financially, help your people, and turn your customers into raving fans!  We specialize as construction consultants, trainers, coaches, and


You are an expert in your industry and you have a remarkable vision but you need the right training, support, and coaching.


Do your operations professionals need remarkable training?

We will work with your leadership to deliver impactful teaching and training for your Superintendent, Field Engineers, Foremen, and anyone else a part of your Survey, Planning & Scheduling, or Quality teams.


Do you have a project in trouble?

We will work through your onsite team to recover that project and bring it in with a controlled landing, not a crash landing!


Do you want to develop amazing projects, operations, and leadership teams?

We will work with you to create operations systems that responsibly scale and stick!


I will elevate your company operations in  these three ways:  project recovery, remarkable training, and consulting.


Contact us using the form on the right to find out how.

Contact Us

We generally respond within 24 hours

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn