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).

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.

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.

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

Procrastination (See: manage slack)

Musings on Project Management

Do you understand the concept of schedule buffers and the critical chain methodology? Are you a procrastinator? Do you manage schedule? Do you think of yourself as a risk manager? Then, you'll understand that handling your tendency to put things off, and managing slack and schedule buffers are not that much different. In fact, what I see most of the time is managers wasting slack by doing a Project Management risk schedule

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.

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.

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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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 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.

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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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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.