Projects in Less Time: A Synopsis of Critical Chain

Mark Woeppel


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Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Introductory

Length:

134 pages

Designed for:

Consultants, Implementers and Project Managers

Topics:

Project Management

Application:

Critical Chain

Language:

English

Format:

Paperback and Download

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The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of the Critical Chain project management solution. I've used Eliyahu Goldratt's book, Critical Chain, as a framework to help you understand the main components of the solution. Therefore, this book attempts to be a faithful synopsis of his book.

While the synopsis of the Critical Chain chapters in his book are limited to the concepts expressed in Goldratt's original text, I added my own observations and interpretations to enhance your understanding. Projects in less time provides an introduction to the ideas introduced by Critical Chain in an easy-to-digest form and then round it out with glossary terms, and reference materials.

According to many project management professionals, Goldratt's Critical Chain is "required reading". It's thought to be the most significant contribution to project management since the introduction of PERT system and the critical path method.

Content

  • There is a problem at Genemodem
  • Meet Rick Silver
  • Meet president Vonbraun
  • The problem with projects
  • Business school enrollments are declining
  • Projects are inherently uncertain
  • Declining enrollments are caused by customer dissatisfaction
  • Project Managers lose sight of the objective
  • How to manage the project?
  • Start early or as late as possible?
  • The theory of constraints and project management
  • Erroneous measurements created erroneous behaviors
  • Why projects take too long
  • Increasing throughput is the main goal
  • Projects are similar to production
  • Developing the criticar chain solution
  • Managing the project
  • Managing subcontractors
  • What if the project is cost plus?
  • A solution to declining enrollments
  • Defining the critical chain
  • TOC offers real solutions to business problems
  • What if the bottleneck moves?
  • How to manage a portfolio of projects

Content:

  • There is a problem at Genemodem
  • Meet Rick Silver
  • Meet president Vonbraun
  • The problem with projects
  • Business school enrollments are declining
  • Projects are inherently uncertain
  • Declining enrollments are caused by customer dissatisfaction
  • Project Managers lose sight of the objective
  • How to manage the project?
  • Start early or as late as possible?
  • The theory of constraints and project management
  • Erroneous measurements created erroneous behaviors
  • Why projects take too long
  • Increasing throughput is the main goal
  • Projects are similar to production
  • Developing the criticar chain solution
  • Managing the project
  • Managing subcontractors
  • What if the project is cost plus?
  • A solution to declining enrollments
  • Defining the critical chain
  • TOC offers real solutions to business problems
  • What if the bottleneck moves?
  • How to manage a portfolio of projects