Resource Center: This area contains articles relevant to the education and implementation of Critical Chain concepts and tools. We try to keep it up-to-date, but please feel free to suggest articles or tools you would like to see here.

  • The Tyranny of Deadlines ( PDF)
    Deadlines are ubiquitous, but they also create a disastrous conflict as we look for compromises between late enough to be feasible versus early enough to incentivize speed. This paper explains why deadlines are frequently missed, why they so often result in late, slow projects, and how this conflict can be avoided. It was first presented at the 2013 PMI Scheduling Community of Practice conference in Orlando, Florida.

  • Introduction to Critical Chain ( YouTube)
    This introduction to Critical Chain gives you an overview of the basic concepts — in less than 15 minutes.

  • Scheduling for Success with Critical Chain ( PDF)
    Rob Newbold describes the Critical Chain scheduling approach and how it can be used to build schedules that will transform your organization.

  • Pharmaceutical Scheduling Issues ( PDF)
    Dr. Wendell Simpson and Rob Newbold describe typical problems in the pharma world and how they can be addressed via critical chain scheduling (October 2011).

  • Critical Chain Project Management: Coming to a Radar Screen Near You! ( PDF)
    The Cutter IT Journal (Vol. 16, No. 3, March 2003) gives an introduction to Critical Chain and some user experiences. This issue was provided to ProChain Solutions by Cutter Consortium.

  • Protecting Earned Value Schedules with Schedule Margin ( PDF)
    Rob Newbold, Charlene Budd, and Chuck Budd explain how to user schedule margin (and hence buffers) with Critical Chain. This article was recently published in the summer 2010 edition of The Measurable News.

  • Project Planning and Control when Time Matters ( PDF)
    In this article, published in the Fall 2010 edition of the Production and Inventory Management Journal, Dr. Wendell Simpson explains the need for robust project planning processes in delivering projects quickly and predictably.

  • The Billion Dollar Solution ( PDF)
    This document provides excerpts from Rob Newbold's latest book, The Billion Dollar Solution. The book describes in detail how you can create a billion-dollar solution in your organization.

  • Multitasking Game
    New and improved! This multitasking game is a great illustration of why multitasking can be so detrimental to cycle times, productivity, and predictability.

  • Attacking Unproductive Communication ( PDF)
    In this article, Wendell Simpson and Bill Lynch make the case for clear and stable priorities in any project organization.

  • Task Engagement™ and the Four Quadrants of Work ( PDF)
    Ron Davison explains what Task Engagement is and how it relates to your day-to-day work.

  • Understanding Task Engagement™ ( PDF)
    Ron Davison talks about multitasking, task engagement, and the key areas to focus in order to break the vicious multitasking cycle.

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