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Critical Chain

Author : Eliyahu M Goldratt
ISBN : 9781351218962
Genre : Business & Economics
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This fast-paced business novel does for project management what The Goal and It's Not Luck have done for production and marketing. Goldratt?s novels have traditionally slain sacred cows and delivered new ways of looking at processes which seem like common sense once you read them. Critical Chain is no exception. In perhaps Eli?s most readable book yet, two of the established principles of project management, the engineering estimate and project milestones, are found wanting and dismissed, and other established principles are up for scrutiny - as Goldratt once more applies his Theory of Constraints. The approach is radical, yet clear, understandable and logical. New techniques are introduced, and Project Buffers, Feeding Buffers, Limit Multitasking, Improved Communications and Correct Measurements make them work. Goldratt even handles the complicated statistics of dispersed variability versus accumulated variability so deftly you won?t even be aware of learning about them - they?ll just seem like more common sense! Critical Chain is critical reading for anyone who deals with projects. If you use block diagrams, drawings or charts to keep track of your activities, you are managing a project - and this book is for you.
Category: Business & Economics

Critical Chain Project Management Improves Project Performance

Author : Lawrence P. Leach
ISBN : OCLC:864415596
Genre : Project Schedule
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This paper describes the theory and practice of critical chain project management (CCPM). CCPM provides a substantial step in the ongoing improvement to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The critical chain differs from the critical path by including resource dependencies and never changing. CCPM improves the project plan by ensuring that it is feasible and immune from reasonable common cause variation (uncertainty or statistical fluctuations). It does this by aggregating uncertainty into buffers at the end of activity paths (or chains). The project buffer protects the overall project completion on the critical chain path, and feeding buffers protect the critical chain from path merging. Buffer management enhances measurement and decision-making for project control. CCPM implements required changes in resource behavior, including elimination of date-driven activity performance and multitasking. Most of all, CCPM improves the focus of the project manager and performers. Projects that use CCPM have a greatly improved record of schedule, cost, and scope performance. Experience with CCPM projects demonstrates completion in less than one half the time of projects using previous planning and control methods.
Category: Project Schedule

Critical Chain Project Management

Author : Lawrence P. Leach
ISBN : 1580539033
Genre : Business & Economics
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Fresh, field-tested insights on how to plan, lead, and complete projects with unprecedented efficiency provide project managers with expanded coverage of critical chain planning and project management. This resource spells out CCPM techniques, tools, and theory plus key project skills not covered in other critical chain books, such as scope control and risk management.
Category: Business & Economics

Practical E Manufacturing And Supply Chain Management

Author : Gerhard Greeff
ISBN : 0080473857
Genre : Business & Economics
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New technologies are revolutionising the way manufacturing and supply chain management are implemented. These changes are delivering manufacturing firms the competitive advantage of a highly flexible and responsive supply chain and manufacturing system to ensure that they meet the high expectations of their customers, who, in today's economy, demand absolutely the best service, price, delivery time and product quality. To make e-manufacturing and supply chain technologies effective, integration is needed between various, often disparate systems. To understand why this is such an issue, one needs to understand what the different systems or system components do, their objectives, their specific focus areas and how they interact with other systems. It is also required to understand how these systems evolved to their current state, as the concepts used during the early development of systems and technology tend to remain in place throughout the life-cycle of the systems/technology. This book explores various standards, concepts and techniques used over the years to model systems and hierarchies in order to understand where they fit into the organization and supply chain. It looks at the specific system components and the ways in which they can be designed and graphically depicted for easy understanding by both information technology (IT) and non-IT personnel. Without a good implementation philosophy, very few systems add any real benefit to an organization, and for this reason the ways in which systems are implemented and installation projects managed are also explored and recommendations are made as to possible methods that have proven successful in the past. The human factor and how that impacts on system success are also addressed, as is the motivation for system investment and subsequent benefit measurement processes. Finally, the vendor/user supply/demand within the e-manufacturing domain is explored and a method is put forward that enables the reduction of vendor bias during the vendor selection process. The objective of this book is to provide the reader with a good understanding regarding the four critical factors (business/physical processes, systems supporting the processes, company personnel and company/personal performance measures) that influence the success of any e-manufacturing implementation, and the synchronization required between these factors. · Discover how to implement the flexible and responsive supply chain and manufacturing execution systems required for competitive and customer-focused manufacturing · Build a working knowledge of the latest plant automation, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and supply chain management (SCM) design techniques · Gain a fuller understanding of the four critical factors (business and physical processes, systems supporting the processes, company personnel, performance measurement) that influence the success of any e-manufacturing implementation, and how to evaluate and optimize all four factors
Category: Business & Economics

Critical Path Methods In Construction Practice

Author : James M. Antill
ISBN : 0471620572
Genre : Business & Economics
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An updated and revised edition of the standard work on the use of critical path methods (CPM) in the construction industry. Describes the mechanics and procedures of CPM in construction planning and works control and demonstrates its application to large and small projects alike. Emphasis is not on the mathematics--the stress here is on the solution of problems commonly encountered in construction practice.
Category: Business & Economics

A Critical Look At Critical Chain Project Management

Author : Tzvi Raz
ISBN : OCLC:865115318
Genre : Critical Chain Method--Evaluation
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Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) has emerged in the last few years as a novel approach for managing projects. In this paper the authors analyze the principles of CCPM. starting with a review of its key elements: reduction of duration estimates; buffer calculations; task completion notification; progress measurement; and priority setting. The authors continue with a CCPM critical analysis using evidence in the research literature and in practice. The points addressed include duration estimation practices, project network structure, stability of the critical chain, resource productivity under multi-tasking, and the project's organizational and operational environment. The place that CCPM occupies in the broader project management context and the costs associated with its adoption are also considered. The authors' conclusion is that although CCPM has a number of valuable concepts, it does not provide a complete solution to project management needs, and the organizations should be very careful about the exclusion of conventional project management techniques.
Category: Critical Chain Method--Evaluation

Managing The Global Supply Chain Collection

Author : Chad W. Autry
ISBN : 9780133091731
Genre : Business & Economics
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A brand new collection of insights and actionable techniques for world-class supply chain management… 2 authoritative books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price! 2 authoritative eBooks deliver comprehensive resources for managing state-of-the-art supply chains in challenging global environments Master the latest techniques for overcoming your most difficult operations and supply chain management challenges! This unique 2 eBook package will help you address issues ranging from Lean/Six Sigma to transportation and warehousing, and anticipate emerging global issues – so you can transform them from risks into competitive advantages. The Encyclopedia of Operations Management is the perfect single-volume "field manual" for every supply chain or operations management practitioner and student. Nearly 1,500 well-organized, up-to-date definitions cover: accounting, customer service, distribution, e-business, economics, finance, forecasting, HR, industrial engineering, industrial relations, inventory management, healthcare management, Lean, logistics, maintenance engineering, management IS, marketing/sales, product development, operations research, organizational behavior/management, time management, production planning/control, purchasing, reliability, quality, service management, simulation, statistics, strategic management, systems engineering, supply chain management, theory of constraints, transportation, warehousing, and more. Next, in Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management, Chad W. Autry, Thomas J. Goldsby, John E. Bell prepare you to manage supply and demand in a world marked by demographic and economic shifts that will turn markets upside down. They offer a complete decision framework and practical tools, insights, and guidance for systematically mitigating new risks and building long-term competitive advantage. This book focuses squarely on emerging societal, technological, geopolitical, and environmental macro trends, helping you assess the impacts of population growth, migration, urbanization; socioeconomic change, global connectivity, environmental issues, geopolitics, growing scarcity, transportation congestion, aging infrastructure, and emerging supply-demand imbalances. It also provides comprehensive mitigation strategies based on logistics, resource recovery, resource protection, and demand/supply shaping. This collection will be an indispensable resource for all supply chain, logistics, sourcing, and operations management executives, managers, and professionals; and for all operations/supply chain research professionals, instructors, and graduate students. From world-renowned supply chain management experts Arthur V. Hill, Chad W. Autry, Thomas J. Goldsby, and John E. Bell
Category: Business & Economics

The Encyclopedia Of Operations Management

Author : Arthur V. Hill
ISBN : 9780132883702
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 79.11 MB
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This is the perfect "field manual" for every supply chain or operations management practitioner and student. The field's only single-volume reference, it's uniquely convenient and uniquely affordable. With nearly 1,500 well-organized definitions, it can help students quickly map all areas of operations and supply chain management, and prepare for case discussions, exams, and job interviews. For instructors, it serves as an invaluable desk reference and teaching aid that goes far beyond typical dictionaries. For working managers, it offers a shared language, with insights for improving any process and supporting any training program. It thoroughly covers: accounting, customer service, distribution, e-business, economics, finance, forecasting, human resources, industrial engineering, industrial relations, inventory management, healthcare management, Lean Sigma/Six Sigma, lean thinking, logistics, maintenance engineering, management information systems, marketing/sales, new product development, operations research, organizational behavior/management, personal time management, production planning and control, purchasing, reliability engineering, quality management, service management, simulation, statistics, strategic management, systems engineering, supply and supply chain management, theory of constraints, transportation, and warehousing. Multiple figures, graphs, equations, Excel formulas, VBA scripts, and references support both learning and application. "... this work should be useful as a desk reference for operations management faculty and practitioners, and it would be highly valuable for undergraduates learning the basic concepts and terminology of the field." Reprinted with permission from CHOICE, copyright by the American Library Association.
Category: Business & Economics

Critical Chain Project Scheduling Do Not Oversimplify

Author : Willy Herroelen
ISBN : OCLC:864714718
Genre : Critical Chain Method
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Critical chain scheduling/Buffer management (CCS/BM)-the direct application of the theory of constraints (TOC) to project management- has received much attention in project management literature. There still is controversy over the merits and pitfalls of the CCS/BM methodology. This paper focuses on the fundamental elements of CCS/BM logic and pinpoints some intricacies that are not commonly referred to in the available literature. The authors' analysis is based on a critical review of the relevant sources and experimentation with both commercial CCS/BM software and an internally developed CCS/BM-based tool.
Category: Critical Chain Method

Critical Path Analysis In Practice

Author : Gail Thornley
ISBN : 0415264723
Genre : Social Science
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Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences. This volume is part of a 2001 reissue of a selection of those important works which have since gone out of print, or are difficult to locate. Published by Routledge, 112 volumes in total are being brought together under the name The International Behavioural and Social Sciences Library: Classics from the Tavistock Press. Reproduced here in facsimile, this volume was originally published in 1968 and is available individually. The collection is also available in a number of themed mini-sets of between 5 and 13 volumes, or as a complete collection.
Category: Social Science

Tools And Tactics For Operations Managers Collection

Author : Randal Wilson
ISBN : 9780133115130
Genre : Business & Economics
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A brand new collection of state-of-the-art operations management tools and tactics… 3 authoritative books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price! 3 authoritative eBooks bring together today’s most valuable new operations management techniques and solutions! Apply today’s most innovative operations management techniques to improve performance and value in any organization -- even the most complex or constrained! In High Performance Operations, Hillel Glazer shows how to optimize business performance and profitability while maintaining strong governance and compliance. Glazer demonstrates how to integrate lean and systems thinking, and systematically incorporating compliance into planning for overall performance, value, and profitability, rather than viewing it as an end in itself. Learn how to clarify competing interests and implement pre-conditions for success; use systems thinking to promote operational excellence; eliminate single points of failure; establish proof-of-performance; scale your successes, and get more of "what went right"! The Encyclopedia of Operations Management is the perfect single-volume "field manual" for every OM or supply chain professional. Nearly 1,500 well-organized, up-to-date definitions cover every facet of supply chain design, planning, management, and optimization. For the first time, this remarkable reference brings together up-to-the-minute information about topics ranging from accounting and customer service to transportation and warehousing. Next, in The Operations Manager's Toolbox , Randal Wilson helps you use proven project management (PM) tools and techniques to supercharge efficiency, free up resources, eliminate unnecessary meetings, and get more done faster. Wilson shows how to apply PM to complete crucial "smaller" tasks that can deliver rapid and sizable improvements. You’ll learn how to plan, implement, and measure the success of high-impact changes, and organize key tasks so they actually get done. Discover specific techniques for eliminating waste in engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and inventory. Next, learn how to use PM to manage teams, schedules, budgets, and resources more effectively, and systematically predict and mitigate operational risks. Whatever your role in operations management, this unique eBook collection will help you perform far more effectively – in your organization, and in your career! From world-renowned operations management experts Hillel Glazer, Arthur V. Hill, and Randal Wilson
Category: Business & Economics

Get It Done On Time

Author : Eric Bergland
ISBN : 9781484218600
Genre : Business & Economics
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This is the story of a company that is in trouble, but by talking through the implementation of Critical Chain project management planning and the Theory of Constraints, you will learn as they do, how to implement this effective project management solution. Tim is an experienced project management consultant. He knows great solutions and compelling results and has seen project management solution work, but... too often sees project management methods oversimplified and under-performing when incorrectly implemented. Such is the case with Tim’s friend Randal and his more technical friend Gary. They are at risk of losing his their jobs and seeing the company go bankrupt unless things change. Randal works frantically with Tim to learn, implement, and get significant results from real world tools to help save his company as it is literally falling apart around him. At the same time, Tim and Gary focus on the more technical aspects of Critical Chain. This book covers: The variety of issues, steps, and challenges to get individual and organizational buy-in to implement compelling project management solutions. Details on the Critical Chain solution and implementing it in an organization. Tim, Randal, and Gary’s journey in trying to save their company and implementing a new project management methodology in their organization. Who This Book Is For The Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Critical Chain Community Managers, project managers and those considering organizational change. Teachers looking to provide case studies to their students on project management, organizational change, or Critical Chain.
Category: Business & Economics

The Theory Of Constraints

Author : Boaz Ronen
ISBN : 1586035754
Genre : Social Science
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The Theory of Constraints (TOC) has spread as a leading managerial philosophy during the last two decades. TOC is successfully implemented in thousands of companies and organizations, large and small, throughout the globe. It has been implemented in the areas of production, logistics, distribution, project management, research and development and sales and marketing. Implementation span across a multitude of sectors in all industries: the private and public sectors, flow manufacturing as well as job shop operations, start up companies as well as corporate America, for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Implemented properly, TOC leads to significant results in a relatively short time. However, contrary to the vast application of TOC in practice, TOC research published in refereed academic journals is lagging behind. TOC should be proven as a continuity of previous research rather than a stand alone new concept. TOC practitioners should seek for academic examination for the validity of the tools and the understanding of the implementation process. This book serves as a platform for TOC research and closes the gap between TOC and the academic world.
Category: Social Science

The Application Of Spdm Critical Chain And Portfolio Project Management Principles To The Construction Of The 670 Km Urucu Manaus Petrobras Pipeline

Author : Russell D. Archibald
ISBN : OCLC:880892288
Genre : Critical Chain Method
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The effort to build the Urucu/Manaus Gas Pipeline--an effort implemented by Petrobras within Brazil's Amazon region--has required the project team to overcome numerous severe problems and setbacks. This papers examines a new scheduling plan that the project leaders are developing to help the team perform better, a plan influenced by three project management techniques: success driven project management (SDPM), critical chain, and portfolio project management. In doing so, it overviews the project's goals and the team's reason for developing a new planning system. It then details how the new scheduling plan is enabling the project team to manage the pipeline project's problems and challenges. It identifies the plan's common features (critical chain concept, theory of constraints) and describes the results which the team has accomplished to date. It also explains how the project team implemented the new scheduling plan and a project management information system (PMIS) and how it established a communication process that enables all functional areas to participate in the project's progress, a process which helps the team to prioritize efforts and resources as well as organize the individual projects and strategic goals involved in constructing this massive 670km-long pipeline. It looks at how simulation analysis can help project leaders gauge team performance and manage project resources.
Category: Critical Chain Method

The Software Project Manager S Handbook

Author : Dwayne Phillips
ISBN : 0471674206
Genre : Computers
File Size : 21.30 MB
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Software project managers and their team members work individually towards a common goal. This book guides both, emphasizing basic principles that work at work. Software at work should be pleasant and productive, not just one or the other. This book emphasizes software project management at work. The author's unique approach concentrates on the concept that success on software projects has more to do with how people think individually and in groups than with programming. He summarizes past successful projects and why others failed. Visibility and communication are more important than SQL and C. The book discusses the technical and people aspects of software and how they relate to one another. The first part of the text discusses four themes: (1) people, process, product, (2) visibility, (3) configuration management, and (4) IEEE Standards. These themes stress thinking, organization, using what others have built, and people. The second part describes the software management principles of process, planning, and risk management. Part three discusses software engineering principles, the technical aspects of software projects. The fourth part examines software practices giving practical meaning to the individual topics covered in the preceding chapters. The final part of this book continues these practical aspects by illustrating a sample project through seven distinctive documents.
Category: Computers

Be Fast Or Be Gone

Author : Andreas Scherer
ISBN : 1934979074
Genre : Fiction
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Mike Knight, an executive in a semiconductor firm, learns that his eight-year-old son Tim has a rare form of brain cancer. Tim's best hope for long-term survival is a drug called Supragrel. Unfortunately, Supragrel is still in early clinical trials and may reach the market too late. Mike makes the agonizing decision to quit his job and go to work for Altus Labs, the developer of Supragrel, in hopes of helping them bring the drug to market more quickly. Mike is in for the challenge of his life as he struggles to keep his family together while racing against time to implement world-class project management in Altus Labs. Critical Chain Project Management is a superior project management process that has been quietly implemented in some of the world's best-known companies for over a decade. This book tells you the story of a Critical Chain Project Management implementation. The venue is a major pharmaceutical company, but it could happen anywhere in corporate America.
Category: Fiction

3 Critical Chain Tutorial Value Earned Problems

Author : Charlene Spoede Budd
ISBN : 9780071743754
Genre : Business & Economics
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The definitive guide to the theory of constraints In this authoritative volume, the world's top Theory of Constraints (TOC) experts reveal how to implement the ground-breaking management and improvement methodology developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Theory of Constraints Handbook offers an in-depth examination of this revolutionary concept of bringing about global organization performance improvement by focusing on a few leverage points of the system. Clear explanations supplemented by examples and case studies define how the theory works, why it works, what issues are resolved, and what benefits accrue, and demonstrate how TOC can be applied to different industries and situations. Theory of Constraints Handbook covers: Critical Chain Project Management for realizing major improvements in delivering projects on time, to specification, and within budget Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR), Buffer Management, and distribution for maximizing throughput and minimizing flow time Performance measures for applying Throughput Accounting to improve organizational performance Strategy, marketing, and sales techniques designed to increase sales closing rates and Throughput Thinking Processes for simple and complex environments TOC methods to ensure that services actions support escalating demand for services while retaining financial viability Integrating the TOC Thinking Processes, the Strategy and Tactic Tree, TOC measurements, the Five Focusing Steps of TOC, and Six Sigma as a system of tools for sustainable improvement
Category: Business & Economics