This area contains materials designed to enhance your understanding and implementation of the Critical Chain and Project Manifesto/Relay Race concepts and tools.
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Introduction to Critical Chain (YouTube)
This introduction to Critical Chain gives you an overview of the basic concepts — in less than 15 minutes.
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.
Rob Newbold describes the Critical Chain scheduling approach and how it can be used to build schedules that will transform your organization.
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.
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.
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).
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.
ProChain Operating System
Learn about the new ProChain Operating System Video Series and why you should watch! This document also provides all the links discussed in the series.
In this video, Rob Newbold introduces the ProChain Operating System and the problems it addresses. He also discusses step 1, Agree: agreeing on your objectives and how you can tell those objectives are being met. Tools include the Project Charter and the Risk List.
Episode 2 continues the ProChain Video Series with step 2, Align. Rob explains why alignment is important and how to get it. He includes an in-depth discussion of the major ProChain alignment process, critical chain scheduling.
This episode covers step 3, Advance. Rob Newbold talks about the paradigm and values needed to get lasting results as you employ the ProChain Operating System tools and processes with your projects.
This fourth and final episode shows how to apply the three steps of the ProChain Operating System – Agree, Align, Advance – to achieve an effective, long-lasting implementation.
Ron Davison talks about multitasking, task engagement, and the key areas to focus in order to break the vicious multitasking cycle.
Ron Davison explains what Task Engagement is and how it relates to your day-to-day work.
Personal Productivity) (PDF)
What can you do if you’re interested in applying Project Manifesto concepts in your organization, but don’t have the buy-in to get everyone to do it? How can you apply the concepts in your daily life? Read this document to get some ideas.
This document explores the different concepts in The Project Manifesto in depth. It covers values, work standards, rollout tools, and more.
This is a sample Project Charter document in Microsoft Word format. Use it to help gain alignment on your project objectives and deliverables.
This Excel spreadsheet contains a sample checklist that you can use to make sure team meetings cover the essentials of good critical chain project management.
New and improved! This multitasking game is a great illustration of why multitasking can be so detrimental to cycle times, productivity, and predictability.
In this article, Wendell Simpson and Bill Lynch make the case for clear and stable priorities in any project organization.