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About Our Founder
Murray Woolf, PMP, is president of the International Center for Scheduling, Inc., which he founded in 2006 as his response to the number of challenges facing the Construction Project Time Management in North America. Once fully operational, ICS-Global, through its numerous Service Divisions, will be the largest for-profit Construction PTM organization in North America, by offering Planning, Scheduling, Training, Research, Consulting, Recruitment, Collaboration, and other vital services.
Murray has more than 45 years of hands-on experience in Project Controls, Project Management, Training, Consulting, and Dispute Resolution, virtually all within the construction industry. Across his busy career, he has provided Construction PTM services on more than 175 projects worldwide, with combined value estimated at around $27 billion.
Murray is the inventor of numerous Scheduling and Project Management innovations, including Momentum Management, Dilemma Forecasting, Dominant Paths, Network Reverse Pass Calculation, Project Facilitation, Project Navigation, Cognitive Project Management, Performance Intensity, Discrete Activity Float, Schedule Resiliency, Schedule Vulnerability, and many more.
Murray is a frequent and popular speaker on Construction PTM topics. He ranked #3 out of 101 presenters at AACEI’s Annual conference in Nashville, and was the Keynote Speaker at the College of Scheduling’s 3rd Annual Conference in Orlando, in 2006. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the PMI College of Scheduling, and three years as the founding Managing Director and Vice President of the College’s Scheduling Excellence Initiative.
Murray is the author of McGraw-Hill’s Faster Construction Projects with CPM Scheduling, the Foreword to which was contributed by the inventor of Construction Management itself, the late James J. O’Brien. Jim and Fred Plotnick are co-authors of CPM in Construction Management — since 1972, the #1 best-selling text on the Critical Path Method!
Murray’s second text, CPM Mechanics, has been a favorite among Contractors and Owners alike, no doubt because it was written with the Construction Project Manager or Field Superintendent squarely in mind. Nearly 500 pages, it in an easy-to-follow conversational style, . The book assumes no prior understanding of Construction Scheduling, of the Critical Path Method, or of Construction means and methods. CPM Mechanics is the first book in the ICS-Compendium series and the primary text for the foundational course by the same name, offered through the ICS-Institute.
Murray Woolf is recognized as a global thought leader on topics involving Construction Management, Construction Project Management, and Construction Project Time Management. Here are just a few of the accolades he has earned from colleagues, academics, corporate leaders, and everyday practitioners.
“Murray has a profound understanding of what we are all about, what we are trying to accomplish.”
— James J. O’Brien, Author
CPM in Construction Management
“Murray is the schedule intellectual of our generation.”
— Paul Levin, Founder/Publisher
Construction Claims Monthly
“Murray is a leader, an author, and an entrepreneur. A formidable advocate for scheduling expertise and good practices. I am proud to know him.”
— Mike Mosley, Program Manager
“I highly recommend Murray as one of the most knowledgeable scheduling professionals in the industry.”
— Chris Carson, Vice President
“Murray Woolf is the consummate scheduling professional. He has complete command of the planning and scheduling process.”
— Phil Apprill, President
Apprill & Associates
“Murray Woolf is one the most knowledgeable planning and scheduling people that I know.”
— Glen Palmer, President
GR Palmer Consulting Services
“Murray stands alone among all of the professional project managers and schedulers that I have worked with in my 20+ years in the industry.”
— David Kaiser, President
“Murray is a thoughtful and complete scheduler and leader.”
— Dr. David Hulett, President
Hulett & Associates
“Murray is an expert in project scheduling and control. His ICS-Global is a new and pioneering project that is fulfilling a need with professionals.”
— Dr. Saleh Mubarak, Author
Construction Project Scheduling & Control
“Murray is someone who can be trusted and is a pleasure to work with. I sincerely hope I get another opportunity to work with him.”
— Ronny Warren, Project Controls Manager