Project Management in the Fast Lane: Applying the Theory of Constraints Management / Edition 1

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Overview

This cutting edge, "how to" manual details proven methods for turning around chronically late, overbudget, and underperforming projects. Project Management in the Fast Lane explains how Theory of Constraints tools can be applied to achieve effective, breakthrough solutions in virtually any environment. It includes a complete discussion of the Critical Chain scheduling approach pioneered by Eli Goldratt-the most significant new development in project scheduling in the last 40 years!
The project management tools described in Project Management in the Fast Lane are clearly outlined and will help project managers in manufacturing, construction, and new product development in any field find efficient, practical, and sound solutions to management issues. Common problems related to deadlines, budgets, project performance, and more are thoroughly treated, providing a solid basis for applying tools to familiar problems. This book is sure to inspire managers, executives, engineers, and MIS and quality assurance professionals to rethink their management approaches and create dramatic, profit-driven improvements in their organizations.

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Describes the application of Eliyahu Goldratt's management science, known as the theory of constraints, to project management. The author organizes the discussion by means of the three central questions of the theory: what to change, to what to change, and how to cause the change. Topics include the concept of the critical chain, the drum- buffer-rope, means of dealing with uncertainty in project scheduling and management, the importance of a global viewpoint, and ways to manage an organization according to its goal. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574441956
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: CRC Press Series on Constraints Management Series , #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,117,390
  • Product dimensions: 32.22 (w) x 2.22 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Project Management Today
Introduction
Bidding for the Project
The Worker's Viewpoint
Hidden Costs: Work-in-Process
Hidden Costs: Lost Productivity
The Generic Current Reality
The Project Manager's Viewpoint
Mirabilia
Critical But Stable
A Critical Chain Schedule
Managing Uncertainty
Resolving the WIP Conflict
Identifying the Critical Chain
Adding Buffers
Planning the Critical Chain Project
Global Viewpoint, Global Leverage
The Goal
Throughput: Ichiban
The Throughput World: Climbing Out of the Box
Global Improvement: The Five Focusing Steps
Global Improvement: TOC Accounting
The Project Dice Game
Multiple Projects
Implementation Issues
What Is a Schedule?
Measurements
Leveraging the Critical Chain
Weak Links
Implementation Checklist
Appendices
Appendix A: Answers for Further Thought
Appendix B: Glossary

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