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). Scrum incorporates this principle by focusing team efforts on sprint goals and commitments and not just on individual tasks.

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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7 Essential Steps to Robust Project Scheduling

nTask

Project scheduling is a critical part of the project life cycle. You can then set start and finish dates for each task and prioritize critical ones. Mark critical deliverables as milestones. Multi Project Management manage a project Project Management Techniques scheduling Scru

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Top 10 Project Management Methodologies – An Overview

ProjectManager.com

Scrum Methodology. What It Is: Scrum is a short “sprint” approach to managing projects. The scrum methodology is It’s ideal for teams of no more than 10 people, and often is wedded to two-week cycles with short daily meetings, known as daily scrum meetings.

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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. 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 1950s, we saw the rise of PERT, Critical Path, and Work Breakdown Structures. In the late 1990s, Critical Chain was introduced. Critical Path: creating faster flow.

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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. Critical Path Method. Critical Chain Project Management. Scrum. Critical Path Method. If you are working on a project that has many dependent tasks, then the critical path method should be your choice, as it is the only project management methodology that takes task dependency into account.

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Project Management Framework Types, Key Elements & Best Practices

ProjectManager.com

Some common ones include scrum , the waterfall methodology , PRINCE2 and more. Popular ones include PRINCE2, CCPM (critical chain project management), scrum (primarily used in development environments) and the waterfall methodology. A project never exists in a vacuum.

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Project Management Techniques That Deliver Results

Binfire

The “scrum team”–a phrase coined after the popular rugby football huddle–would work aggressively on specific assignments in a short period, much like sprinting to the finish line. 6- Critical chain technique.

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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. Scrum (named after rugby) is a part of the agile framework and is also iterative in nature.

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Project Management System: The Basics

Clarizen

What is a Project Management System? The term “project management system” is widely used to describe two major pieces of the overall project management puzzle. The first piece is essentially an approach to getting work done.

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9 Project Management Techniques That Will Immediately Improve Your Results

Teamweek

Scrum. Scrum is a project management technique that comes from a group of processes known as the Agile Development Framework. The Scrum technique has a team working on a project for a set period of time, known as a sprint. With an appointed Scrum Master leading the discussions, the group decides how to get rid of obstacles blocking the project from being completed in the best way possible. Critical Chain Project Management.

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The Definitive Guide to Project Management Methodologies

Workamajig

Scrum. Scrum isn't a fully-featured project management methodology. While it borrows the principles and processes from Agile, Scrum has its own specific methods and tactics for dealing with project management. As Mike put it earlier: "Agile is the philosophy, and Scrum the methodology. While scrum is agile, agile isn’t scrum.". The Scrum approach places the project team front and center of the project. Critical Path Method (CPM).

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Top 10 Project Management Methodologies

Agilemania

Scrum Framework. Scrum, based on empiricism, is a framework that helps the team to work together to solve complex problems. Scrum framework is applied where there are fewer people, not more than 10, and often bounded to 2 to 4 weeks cycles. Critical Path Method(CPM).

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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.

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Waterfall Should Have Never Existed: Part 1

MPUG

I’d like to begin by sharing a brilliant quote that puts the latest project management fashion, Agile, into humbling perspective: “ A Waterfall project is just an Agile (Scrum) project with one huge sprint! Waterfall ’ is not the same as Critical Path.

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5 Insane Project Management Techniques in Today’s Market

nTask

You can also squeeze in Scrum methodologies with AUP since they offers a lot of wiggle room for diversified processes. It all depends on the implementation of Sprint, Scrum Meetings in Agile and such other variables that help to offer a customized experience to project managers. CCM – Critical Chain Methodology: Back in 1997, Eliyahu M. Goldratt wrote about Critical Chain Methodology as the process for managing resources without affecting the project plan.

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Multi-Project Management: All You Should Know About

Epicflow Blog

Scrum. 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 Core.

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.

How to Start a Career in Project Management: Answers to FAQ

Epicflow Blog

Hybrid, Critical Chain, Critical Path, Kanban, Scrum, Six Sigma, Waterfall [3]. SCRUM certification with passing the Professional Scrum Master I certification exam (PSM I) [4].

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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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Multi-Project Management: All You Should Know About

Epicflow Blog

Scrum. 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 Core.

The Complete Glossary of 614 Project Management Terms

Workamajig

Backward Pass: A technique used in Critical Path Method (CPM) to calculate the late start and late finish dates by working backwards from the project end date. Critical Chain Method: A method for scheduling projects with uncertain deadlines and limited resources.

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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. Episode 057: Critical Chain Project Management. To make PM less complicated, she uses funny, real-life situations and personal experiences to teach Agile and Scrum best practices. Ux Runway – How To Incorporate Ux With Agile/Scrum Teams.

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Guide to project onboarding (checklist and common problems)

Resource Guru

All project management methodologies, from critical chain to Scrum, require project managers to introduce their team to the project in some way. .

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

And I was working at version one at the time and so like I’m like all in like, not like team level scrum. This merger of business architecture and the idea of Scrum teams is that a lot of times we think about Scrum teams as a product, or maybe a feature set.

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The 30 Most Popular Project Management Articles from 2017

MavenLink

Scrum agile project management: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic). Summary: A go-to guide on scrum, a popular agile project management framework. You'll learn scrum terminology, how to use the methodology in software and product development projects, and more. Takeaway: Scrum masters are in high demand as companies continue to look for ways to get their projects completed and their products to market faster.

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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. If using SCRUM, defined planning activity. One would find the critical path, then do all kinds of jugglery like fast tracking, crashing, etc. Resolution Approach: The obvious answers the team came up with was to have time boxes (what SCRUM does).

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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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Overview of the PMBOK® Guide Seventh Edition – Lesson 1 Transcription

MPUG

And I’ve highlighted here the system’s focus for the value-delivery, changes, and perspective when governing these portfolios and programs and projects to focusing on the value chain. Does it call for something that’s more than scrum?

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Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

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 . is a process of adjusting start and finish dates with resource limitation aimed at harmonizing demand for resources and the available supply, which results in project’s critical path transformations. Scrum .

Project Management Glossary: 200+ Terms PMs Frequently Use

Epicflow Blog

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 . is a process of adjusting start and finish dates with resource limitation aimed at harmonizing demand for resources and the available supply, which results in project’s critical path transformations. Scrum .

Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read

ActiveCollab

The book compares agile to waterfall, breaks down various agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, XP, FDD, Lean, Crystal, etc.), 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. Project management is a big topic, ( there are 13,000 book on project management alone on Amazon ).

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Top 12 Most Relevant Project Management Books You Need to Read

ActiveCollab

The book compares agile to waterfall, breaks down various Agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, XP, FDD, Lean, etc.), 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. The Goal / Critical Chain by Eliyahu M.

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Webinar Recap: Two-Pass Technique with MS Project

MPUG

So I have spoken about a number of scheduling approaches, such as you have critical parts method or critical chain method. With this technique, the critical path and the total float or TF for short, these values are determined. This is a critical path activity.

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