This fast-paced business novel does for project management what The Goal and It's Not Luck have done for production and marketing. Goldrattï¿½s 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 Eliï¿½s 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 wonï¿½t even be aware of learning about them - theyï¿½ll 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.
'Anyone who doesn't snap up a copy is missing a wonderful opportunity for professional and personal development.' - Assembly 'This book is valuable to two main audiences: project managers and senior managers...useful for dealing with one of the most difficult and pressing management challenges: developing highly innovated new products.' - Harvard Business Review 'Eli Goldratt's first novel,The Goal, shook up the factory floor...Goldratt essentially adds a discipline for understanding what drives project performance and therefore what the focus of a project manager's attention should be." - Harvard Business Review 'Critical Chain will revolutionize project management.' - World Aero-Engine Review '... would be of use to project managers who require more sensitive project management methods than those they currently employ ... would also be useful for those who are not convinced of the benefit of project management methods.' - British Journal of Healthcare, Computing & Information Management