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SCRUM Concepts in Traditional PM

Filed under Agile | Posted by PMStudent

I wrote earlier about a potential method of using Critical Chain-stype “mini-buffers” within an element of a traditional project management approach. Now I would like to revisit multi-tasking and how having some experience with the Agile software development methodology called SCRUM has helped me formulate some guidelines. Some of these ideas come straight from Critical Chain too, and a myriad of other methodologies all pointing to the same conclusions.

Management Dilemmas – Part Two

Filed under Books | Posted by PMStudent

I’ve made a very little amount of headway on the book I’m reading now, Management Dilemmas: The Theory of Constraints Approach to Problem Identification and Solutions. Time has been tight with work, school, and family but I’m trudging through slowly. The case studies continued in the chapters I’ve read since the first post about this […]

Management Dilemmas ? Part One

Filed under Books | Posted by PMStudent

I’m about half way through the book I’m reading now, Management Dilemmas: The Theory of Constraints Approach to Problem Identification and Solutions. It was difficult to get into it at first, perhaps because the author made an appropriate introductory section going into the conceptual aspects of the TOC thinking processes, the Throughput world versus the […]

TOC and Critical Chain – Book recommendations

Filed under Critical Chain | Posted by PMStudent

These are all good TOC and Critical Chain books I’ve personally read to date (that I think are good.) I recommend reading them in the listed order. The ones I list as concept books are important to read first so the more technical books make sense. Theory of Constraints (TOC) The Goal – THE TOC […]

What is TOC?

Filed under Critical Chain | Posted by PMStudent

I’m a Theory of Constraints (TOC) enthusiast. So what exactly is TOC? Here’s a short, short summary. In short, it’s a method of identifying and strengthening the weakest link (constraint) in any process, in an iterative approach to ongoing improvement. There are also tools that go along with it to help identify assumptions and constraints, […]

12/31/2006 – Maiden Post

Filed under Grab Bag | Posted by PMStudent

Hello, my name is Josh Nankivel. I’m creating this blog as a way for me to formulate and refine my thoughts about project management and process improvement. Hopefully it will help my writing and make me more articulate and clear. To start with, here’s a little about me. I’m in school now majoring in project […]