In defense of Critical Chain

Kiron Bondale

One of the more subtle changes in the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK Guide is the elimination of all references to Critical Chain Method (CCM). Tagged: agile project management , improving project management , multitasking dangers , resource availability , Risk management. Project Management agile project management improving project management multitasking dangers resource availability Risk management

RIP Critical Chain?  

Proggio

Critical chain is not dead, but after many years of it being the primary technique for analyzing schedules and prioritizing tasks, there’s a better alternative today. As many project managers increasingly abandoned the much-hated, cumbersome to maintain, too long, and unclear Gantt chart, they subsequently discontinued using critical chain. In the past, you could identify 1000 dependencies, pull out the critical chain, and focus on it.

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Quick and Easy: The Difference between Critical Chain And Critical Path

Inloox

Critical chain The critical chain is a resource-oriented method and represents the longest chain of tasks, taking into account limited resources and is used with the aim of achieving the minimum project duration. The critical chain planning is not only about determining what to do and when to do it, but who actually does it. The critical chain method brings these two new thoughts to project planning : No Multitasking is not allowed!

Quick and Easy: The Difference between Critical Chain And Critical Path

Inloox

Critical chain The critical chain is a resource-oriented method and represents the longest chain of tasks, taking into account limited resources and is used with the aim of achieving the minimum project duration. The critical chain planning is not only about determining what to do and when to do it, but who actually does it. The critical chain method brings these two new thoughts to project planning : No Multitasking is not allowed!

Tips and Tricks for Smart Project Planning

Wrike

Critical path analysis and project management tools can be really helpful in administering and managing projects. Thus, the formal critical path for small projects is often obvious enough for project managers and for project management software. I already mentioned the “resource critical path” method earlier in the post series. Another method that can complement your use of the critical path method and help you deal with resource constraints is called the critical chain.

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Thriving at the Edge of Chaos – a review

Kiron Bondale

The second half of the book covers Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (ToC) and focuses heavily on its application in Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). It does not apply to software development projects that use agile methodology.

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The Best of This Year: Presenting Your 10 Favorite InLoox Blog Posts from 2019!

Inloox

8: Objectives and Key Results: How to Set and Manage Goals with OKR Leadership changes in times of agile organizations. 2: Quick and Easy: The Difference between Critical Chain and Critical Path Critical chain, critical path - what's the difference between these two project management methods?

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Project Management Framework Types, Key Elements & Best Practices

ProjectManager.com

Popular ones include PRINCE2, CCPM (critical chain project management), scrum (primarily used in development environments) and the waterfall methodology. Create an agile PM framework with our kanban boards. A project never exists in a vacuum.

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A Super-Quick Guide to PERT, Critical Path, and All the Other Ways to Manage a Project

Redbooth

Most project managers are familiar with Agile and the Scrum Board. Agile works for fast-moving startup teams that need to deliver new products constantly. While Agile has many benefits, it is only one of several ways to manage a project. In this short guide, we’ll look at several established project management systems, including PERT, Critical Path, and Critical Chain, to help you find new ways to make your next project a success.

Top 20 Project Management Methodologies & their Scions: Which One You Should Choose & Why?

Taskque

It is critical the right project management methodology based on project needs and avoid making common project management mistakes to drive your projects to success. Here are the 20 most popular project management methodologies and their scions: Agile. Critical Path Method. Critical Chain Project Management. Agile. Agile project management methodology follows an iterative model to bring continuous improvements and ensure consistent product delivery.

Top 20 Project Management Methodologies & their Scions: Which One You Should Choose & Why?

Taskque

It is critical the right project management methodologies based on project needs and avoid making common project management mistakes to drive your projects to success. Here are the 20 most popular project management methodologies and their scions: Agile. Critical Path Method.

Applicability of Agile/Lean/Kanban Methods for fixed scope/budget projects (with short duration)

Sudipta Lahiri

In this case, would it make more sense to go for: a) Pure Critical chain or Microsoft project plan based date based approach b) Combination approach: Critical chain based planning followed by Kanban execution. Result : The team, working independently, had identified 18 positives vs 14 negatives in adapting Lean/Kanban/Agile principles to fixed scope, fixed budget projects with a short duration That a very positive reinforcement of their suitability.

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Project Management Tools and Techniques That Really Work

nTask

The classical technique is an amazing procedure which includes a proper plan to cover all of the upcoming work activities, which tasks are to be performed and what should be the chain of application that defines which task to do first, allocating proper and resources to the tasks according to their importance, providing and receiving proper feedback from the team which helps in team building and also monitoring the quality of the work done and how are the deadlines being met by the team.

Project Management Techniques That Deliver Results

Binfire

5- Agile technique. The Agile method involves breaking a huge project down into smaller, more manageable tasks accomplished within–what experts call– “sprints.” In short, it promotes accountability, which is one of the agile project management technique’s principles. 6- Critical chain technique. A lot of companies have been using this critical chain technique.

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Book of the Month

Herding Cats

His book The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management is a fascinating read about managing Capital projects using Critical Chain. CCPM is mentioned many times in our agile software project world but rarely is it actually explained how to put those concepts to work.

9 Project Management Techniques That Will Immediately Improve Your Results

Teamweek

Scrum is a project management technique that comes from a group of processes known as the Agile Development Framework. Critical Chain Project Management. When the budget is the main focus of a project, critical chain project management is often used.

The 5 Elements of an “Enterprise-Centric” Project Management Software Solution

Clarizen

However, there is a critical question that enterprises need to answer during this process, because it fundamentally determines whether their project management software experience and investment will be rewarding or regrettable: “will it fit our organization?”.

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The Definitive Guide to Project Management Methodologies

Workamajig

Agile. Agile, another software development-focused PM methodology, emerged as a response to the failure of Waterfall method for managing complex projects. Although Agile PM ideas had been in use in the software industry for quite a while, it formally came into being in 2001 when several IT representatives released the " Agile Manifesto ". In approach and ideology, Agile is the opposite of the Waterfall method. While scrum is agile, agile isn’t scrum.".

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How to pick a project management methodology

Moira Alexander

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the key PM methodologies: Agile was developed for projects requiring significant flexibility and speed and is comprised of “sprints” – short delivery cycles. Agile may be best-suited for projects requiring less control and real-time communication within self-motivated team settings. Agile is highly iterative, allowing for rapid adjustments throughout a project.

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The 5 Elements of an “Enterprise-Centric” Project Management Software Solution

Clarizen

However, there is a critical question that enterprises need to answer during this process, because it fundamentally determines whether their project management software experience and investment will be rewarding or regrettable: “will it fit our organization?”. Increase your business agility with Clarizen’s project management software. When it comes to choosing new project management software, enterprises typically rely on scorecards, content (e.g.

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Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

Agile . is a situation when a certain process affects the capacity of the chain because of its limited capacity. . Critical Activities . are critical path planned activities. Critical Chain . Critical Path . combining Agile methods and Waterfall methodology) to create a new, more efficient approach. . is one of the Agile methodology principles focusing on the process components as crucial points of the final result. .

Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

Agile . is a situation when a certain process affects the capacity of the chain because of its limited capacity. . Critical Activities . are critical path planned activities. Critical Chain . Critical Path . combining Agile methods and Waterfall methodology) to create a new, more efficient approach. . is one of the Agile methodology principles focusing on the process components as crucial points of the final result. .

A Simple Recipe For Creating A Killer Project Management Checklist

Proofhub

Here are some examples of some project management techniques you could consider applying to your project: Agile methodology, Critical chain methodology, Scrum, and Waterfall. Define a chain of command for your project because it will help you: Establish who reports to whom.

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5 Insane Project Management Techniques in Today’s Market

nTask

Researchers have also developed AUP; Agile Unified Process , which is a different form of RUP. Agile simply focuses on slacking clutter and replacing it with simpler steps. Agile Project Management: Agile has been discussed a lot at the nTask blog. Agile is a mindset that trains teams to maximize productivity while minimizing “clutter” For instance, you can break a project into multiple parts. Agile is suitable for small software projects.

Multi-Project Management: All You Should Know About

Epicflow Blog

The most popular PM methodologies re as follows: Agile . Critical Chain. Critical Path. For example, when using Agile, apply Scrum or Kanban principles. . As you multiply the success of your business and it gets bigger, you face the challenge of managing more than 1 project at a time. The more projects you have, the more complicated the process is. The ability to control all the projects in the company is called multi-project management. .

Multi-Project Management: All You Should Know About

Epicflow Blog

The most popular PM methodologies re as follows: Agile . Critical Chain. Critical Path. For example, when using Agile, apply Scrum or Kanban principles. . As you multiply the success of your business and it gets bigger, you face the challenge of managing more than 1 project at a time. The more projects you have, the more complicated the process is. The ability to control all the projects in the company is called multi-project management. .

The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017

MavenLink

Takeaway: Ensuring strategic alignment, benefits realization, the linkage between strategy formulation and execution, executive sponsorship, hiring the right talent, adopting agile practices, and tackling technology disruption are keys to success. Takeaway: PMI offers a wide range of certifications to meet the needs of professionals interested in project, program, portfolio, business analysis, agile, risk, or scheduling management. Agile project management: A beginner's guide (CIO).

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Embracing an Innovative Mindset

Tony Adams

Standard project delivery approaches (Waterfall, Agile, Critical Chain, Prince 2, Lean, Scrum and Extreme Project Management) remain de rigeur, each deconstructing project effort to smaller, more manageable components – without addressing the complexity of environment within which they are applied.

6 Best Gantt Chart Examples For Project Managers

Proofhub

A key highlight in a Gantt chart for the software development process is the seamless execution of the agile project management approach. ProofHub is an intuitive project management software that is designed to help managers and teams across the critical phases of a project management life cycle. Identifying tasks that are putting a direct impact on the overall project progress and make changes to get them delivered on time via Critical Chain.

Webinar Recap: Understanding Dependencies, Leads, and Lags with MS Project

MPUG

You have to find out the critical path, if you are following a critical path measurement method, or if you are following a critical chain method, that time you have to follow another approach. The critical part will be cut off there.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

Paymo App

What to expect: Mike’s blog helps software development teams improve their work through Agile and Scrum. These will give you the incentive and knowledge to implement Agile and Scrum in your own organization. What is Agile Project Management? Ten Things the Beatles Taught Me About Being Agile. Episode 057: Critical Chain Project Management. Ux Runway – How To Incorporate Ux With Agile/Scrum Teams. What Is Agile Methodology. Agile Alliance.

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Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read

ActiveCollab

Introduction to Agile Methods by Kristin Runyan & Sondra Ashmore. The book covers most important agile methodologies in project management. If you’re new to agile, it’s a good introduction. But even if you’re an experienced project manager, the book is still worth reading because it will give you a broader, systematic overview of everything agile-related. Once you’re familiar with agile methodologies, you should learn more about Kanban.

Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read

ActiveCollab

Introduction to Agile Methods by Kristin Runyan & Sondra Ashmore. The book covers most important agile methodologies in project management. If you’re new to agile, it’s a good introduction. If you’re an experienced project manager, the book is still worth reading because it will give you a broader, systematic overview of everything agile-related. The book compares agile to waterfall, breaks down various Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, XP, FDD, Lean, etc.),

Project Management Methodologies Review (Part 1)

Wrike

Agile Project Management. Agile is like tasting our project as we go and adjusting it accordingly. Confused about the difference between APF and Agile? With Agile, your end goals are less defined. Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). CCPM avoids that by building a project schedule that first identifies a “critical chain” of tasks and then reserving resources for those tasks. Critical Path Method (CPM).

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