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).

What is a Critical Chain? | Video

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The Critical Path Method is well known. But, what is a Critical Chain? What is a Critical Chain? You may also like… What is the Critical Path Method (CPM)? The post What is a Critical Chain?

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


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. Summary: Critical Chain versus Critical Path.

Critical Chain Project Management


Critical Chain Project Management is a schedule network analysis technique that takes into account task dependencies, limited resources availability (people, equipment, physical space), and buffers necessary to successfully complete the project. The origin of Critical Chain.

The first thing you do to reduce risk.

Musings on Project Management

anything that inhibits propagation of effects) This is a concept from scheduling (Critical Chain by Goldratt; Risk ManagementThe first thing you do to reduce risk. is: loosen the coupling between sources of effects. Create buffers; remove dependencies; install redundancy. This is a concept from System Engineering (buffers, dampers, redundancy; but also loose tolerances; fuses; barriers and walls.

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Is everything scheduled?

Musings on Project Management

Then you've got Henry Gantt's charts, the critical path, and precedence scheduling down tight. How about "The Critical Chain" by Goldratt? Have you read the PMBok? Correct? Read a bit about Taylor and "scientific management". Excellent, then you know that people doing defined tasks are just interchangeable parts, or they were in 1910. Do you understand buffers and milestone protection? schedule

A Super-Quick Guide to PERT, Critical Path, and All the Other 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. In the late 1990s, Critical Chain was introduced.

Parkinson's Law: Why we Waste so Much Time and How to Improve Time Management


This is why, for example, there are no single buffers in the critical chain method. In this blog post you get a compact insight into the Critical Chain Method: The Difference between Critical Chain and Critical Path.

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Theory of Constraints: A Guide for Project Managers

Think of it like the old axiom, “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.” He focused his theory on project management with another book, Critical Chain , which came out in 1997. Identify the Constraint: Before you can strengthen the weak link in the chain, you must find it.

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Consider the PM Podcast Your Next Step to Excellence as a Project Manager

Brad Egeland

If you are a project manager looking for advice to successfully manage and lead your projects, I have the perfect place for you to start. The PM Podcast is for both beginners and experts. At PM Podcast, they interview project managers from around the world to learn what makes them successful, so that you can apply their lessons to your own projects and copy their success. Leading projects isn't easy -- their advice difinitely will help!

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Top 13 Project Management Methodologies and Styles


5 – Critical Path. Critical path is a step-by-step method that works well for projects that have tasks which are dependent on one another. With the critical path managing style, interdependent activities are easily managed. 8 – Critical chain.

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9 Project Management Techniques That Will Immediately Improve Your Results


Critical Chain Project Management. When the budget is the main focus of a project, critical chain project management is often used. Critical chain processes can help companies save money on the way to completing their projects with sufficient results.

Book of the Month

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His book The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management is a fascinating read about managing Capital projects using Critical Chain. While speaking at the PGCS in Canberra Austrailia, I met Robert Bolton.

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


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?”.

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


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?”.

How to pick a project management methodology

Moira Alexander

Critical Path Method (CPM) is a step-by-step methodology used for projects with interdependent activities. It outlines critical and non-critical activities by calculating the “longest” (on the critical path) and “shortest” (float) time to complete tasks to determine which activities are critical and which are not. Think of project management (PM) methodologies as blueprints, step-by-step instructions that guide your team on how to build a successful project.

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


Critical Chain by Dr. Eliyahu M. While engineers learn a lot of valuable skills in school, project management isn’t always one of them. Many engineers end up learning PM skills on the job and on their own time.

How to read a book?

Stepping Into Project Management

My recent ongoing read is The Fifth Disciplin e and Critical Chain. I love reading books, I have recently also moved to reading –eBooks and reading books online via i-pad. This post isn’t about that.

Case Study: Rex Materials Group Uses LiquidPlanner to Optimize Entire Value Chain


Kohl applied Theory of Constraints and Critical Chain management techniques to the problem—the most effective way to re-architect how the company approached the multitude of steps leading up to the manufacturing phase of each project.

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6 Ideas to Improve Your Project Resource Management


6 Definitions: Make sure you understand these six core principles of resource management – Resource Levelling, Critical Chain Planning, Resource Capacity Planning, Resource Tracking, Resource Communications, and Resource Commitments – before tackling your next project. Resource Management is all about getting the right people, equipment, and materials in the right place at the right time. This is a top challenge for project managers everywhere!

Long live the Gantt Chart


To see the critical parts of a project Highlighting the critical chain on a Gantt chart helps you see at a glance the status of tasks that directly affect the start and end date of a project and thereby stay ahead of deadlines. Jugglers don’t have it easy.

O Pareto, Pareto! Whereforth art thou Pareto?

Kiron Bondale

Last week I wrote about the elimination of Critical Chain Method (CCM) by the PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition development team. Pareto Charts, which used to be called one of the Seven Basic Quality Tools in the Quality Management chapter of the previous edition have also been eliminated.

The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017


It covers common methodologies like waterfall, agile, hybrid, critical path, critical chain, and six sigma as well as key considerations, the assessment process, and what to include in the evaluation.

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The Best 53 Project Management Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Episode 057: Critical Chain Project Management. Agile in Supply Chain w/ Michael Tibbert and Dhaval Panchal. 7 Critical Skills For Project Managers. People are gradually becoming more interested in project management as an independent topic and as a possible career.

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. Another approach is to under-allocate critical resources.

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Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read


Each topic covers the most critical topics from the world’s top management experts, like: Porter’s five competitive forces, blue ocean strategy, the balanced scorecard, and more. Critical Chain by Eliyahu M.

Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read


Each topic covers the most critical articles from the world’s top management experts, like: strategy and the five competitive forces by Michael Porter, building a vision by Collins and Porras, blue ocean strategy by Kim and Mauborgne, and the balanced scorecard by Kaplan and Norton.