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Critical Chain

Focused Performance

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Frank over at Focused Performance has a great site here on Critical Chain & Project Management. It contains, among other things, an example of the Goldratt “evaporating cloud” diagram for the objective of managing projects successfully. It highlights the conflict between having or not having safety time in task duration estimates within projects. The evaporating […]

The Five Diseases of Project Management

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No Limits Leadership, Inc. has this white paper authored by Allan Elder titled “The Five Diseases of Project Management”. Allan was interviewed on Episode 57 of the Project Management Podcast a short time ago. This is an overview of some of the problems addressed by Critical Chain project management. He identifies 5 reasons why projects […]

EVM and Critical Chain Presentation courtesy of Larry Leach

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I contacted Larry Leach of to ask his permission to post a great presentation he did at a NASA project management conference in 2005. He graciously gave his blessing. If you don’t know Larry’s work, he wrote a book with great reviews called Critical Chain Project Management. I haven’t read it yet but hope […]

TOC and Critical Chain – Book recommendations

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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?

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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, […]

Critical Chain EVM?

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A while back I sent in a question to The Project Management Podcast and Controlling Chaos regarding how Critical Chain scheduling and Earned Value Management had ever been used together. Cornelius brought on Allan Elder in Episode 57 of the PM Podcast and addressed the question, however the answer was as I suspected, and I […]