Critical Chain Project Management
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Critical Chain Project Management
"CCPM" Project management approach that is part of the Theory Of Constraints (TOC) developed initially by Eliyahu Goldratt.
Curated by Philip Marris
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15 examples of "TOC+Lean" implementations - video recording of webinar by Marris Consulting

For 15 years Marris Consulting has been implementing Theory Of Constraints, Lean, Six Sigma and common sense to improve companies performances. In 2020, Marris Consulting celebrates its 15th anniversary. On this event, Philip Marris, CEO and founder, shares 15 cases - among more than 250 in his career - of performance improvement in various industrial sectors.

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Theory of Constraints annual conference (online in 2020): 22-26 June - Registrations open | TOCICO

Theory of Constraints annual conference (online in 2020): 22-26 June - Registrations open | TOCICO | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
The Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) unites people who share a passion for win-win holistic thinking and share a vision that this will become the main way to manage organizations. The TOCICO is a global not-for-profit certification organization for TOC practitioners, consultants and academics to develop and administer certification standards, and facilitate the exchange of latest developments.
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Take advantage of this year's unique "virtual conference" format: much cheaper registration and no time or money wasted in travel. Several time zones + on demand replay + questions and answer sessions at the end of each presentation + many other new features.

Disclaimer: Philip Marris, the curator of this Scoop It, is part of the conference organization committee

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Take advantage of this year's unique "virtual conference" format: much cheaper registration and no time or money wasted in travel. Several time zones + on demand replay + questions and answer sessions at the end of each presentation + many other new features.

Disclaimer: Philip Marris, the curator of this Scoop It, is part of the conference organization committee.

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Take advantage of this year's unique "virtual conference" format: much cheaper registration and no time or money wasted in travel. Several time zones + on demand replay + questions and answer sessions at the end of each presentation + many other new features.

Disclaimer: Philip Marris, the curator of this Scoop It, is part of the conference organization committee

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ProChain Critical Chain Online Conference 12-13 May 2020

ProChain Critical Chain Online Conference 12-13 May 2020 | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
ProChain's 2020 Critical Chain conference is now virtual!

Our presentation lineup has been finalized:
• Abbott Laboratories

Using ProChain to Manage a Highly Complex Medical Device [...] 
Mark Frinder, & Todd Thessen, Sr. Site Director, Operations
• Embraer S.A.
Embraer and TOC – A Journey of Achievements
Edy Aparecido, Director, New Development Programs
• Endologix, Inc.
We are Changing the Question: Prioritizing Priorities
Valerie Tansley, Vice President, Global Program Management
Matt Hellewell, Director, Program Management
• Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a Johnson and Johnson Company)
How Project Management Data Drives Profound [...]
Jesse Conard, Head of Project & Portfolio Management
• NuVasive, Inc.
 [...] Lessons Learned from 20+ Years of ProChain
Mike Moeller, Senior VP of R&D and Operations
• NXP Semiconductors [...]
• ProChain Solutions [...] 
Rob Newbold, CEO
• Teleflex
ProChain Implementation and Results
Helene Rocker, [...] Chelsea McKiernan, Project Manager

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TOC Coffee Break - Task Boards | Wolfram Müller

TOC Coffee Break - Task Boards | Wolfram Müller | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Welcome to the “Coffee-Breaks.” The basic idea is that you already do quite a good job. And no one needs someone else to tell him what to do! But from time to time, it could be useful to have a stimulating idea/question to think about how to improve the flow of work and ideas.
Welcome to the first of the “Taskboard Coffee-Breaks” to improve your way of working with task boards to get ideally more productive.

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Critical Chain presentation - 96 slides by Thomasine Cain

Critical Chain presentation - 96 slides by Thomasine Cain | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
PM: A Common Problem Meeting all specifications & other requirements Within budget On time...
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Theory Of Constraints (including Critical Chain) Annual International Conference, June 2020. Now an on-line conference. No longer in Paris.

Theory Of Constraints (including Critical Chain) Annual International Conference, June 2020. Now an on-line conference. No longer in Paris. | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Out of an abundance of caution the TOCICO Board of Directors has decided to convert the June 22 to 24 Paris conference to a virtual online conference. The Paris conference will be rescheduled in the summer of 2021 or 2022. While we will truly miss being in Paris in June, the technology to support a virtual conference is nothing short of amazing! This is an opportunity for us to bring the power of TOC to our members and guests from anywhere in the world without worry or concern and with so many BENEFITS including: unlimited access to all concurrent sessions and replays; interaction with speakers, sponsors and other attendees; cost savings from ZERO travel and out of pocket expenses; conference attendance at a much lower cost. To find out more please visit the TOCICO website page for this virtual event here:

www.tocico.org 2020 Virtual Event

The organization’s main website is here: www.TOCICO.org.

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Critical Chain Project Management summary in English and French

Critical Chain Project Management summary in English and French | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Critical Chain Project Management summary in English and French. A 6 minute summary available in both English and French by Philip Marris. “CCPM” the project management approach of the Theory Of Constraints (TOC). CCPM: projects finish on time + twice as fast + twice as efficient. Two identical 6 minute videos:

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[Maybe?] The best TOC website in the world (including Critical Chain Project Management) - www.dbrmfg.co.nz - Video interview of owner Kelvyn Youngman

[Maybe?] The best TOC website in the world (including Critical Chain Project Management) - www.dbrmfg.co.nz - Video interview of owner Kelvyn Youngman | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Kelvyn Youngman created an manages the website dbrmfg.co.nz which is one of the first website that was created in the early 2000's dedicated to the Theory Of Constraints (TOC) including CCPM. He explains how he built it up over the years so that it became one of the richest sources of TOC information on internet. He talks about his own personal TOC journey and the work he did very early on implementing TOC in Japanese manufacturing companies. He explains the origins of the URL he chose: www.dbrmfg.co.nz (Drum Buffer Rope in Manufacturing).

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Fixing airplanes twice as fast with Critical Chain - Embraer presentation - TOCPA Paris March 2018- 26 mins

Fixing airplanes twice as fast with Critical Chain - Embraer presentation - TOCPA Paris March 2018- 26 mins | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Fixing planes twice as fast with Critical Chain Project Management. Presentation by Embraer on how they went from 9 weeks for Check-C type operations to 5 weeks (Turn Around Time reduced by 40%) while simultaneously reducing labour per job by 50%. 26 minute video of the TOCPA Paris conference in Paris in March 2018 by Fernando Bertrand, Planning Manager, Embraer Executive Jets Services in Paris Le Bourget, France in charge of EMEA Embraer business jets fleet.

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[Recommended] Embraer TOCICO 2019 presentation full video 58 mins by Edy Aparecido | TOCICO

[Recommended] Embraer TOCICO 2019 presentation full video 58 mins by Edy Aparecido | TOCICO | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Exceptional free access to a TOCICO video. Usually these videos are for TOCICO members only (Theory Of Constraints International Certification Organization). This was a keynote presentation at the July 2019 Chicago annual congress. In this presentation Edy Aparecido remarkable success story of Embraer’s development of an airplane (the E190-E2) using Critical Chain. This project went on to win the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) “Best Project of the Year 2019.

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5 similar permanent news websites curated by Philip Marris

5 similar permanent news websites curated by Philip Marris | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
Philip Marris curates 5 different permanent news websites:
1) TLS - TOC + Lean + Six Sigma
2) Theory of Constraints
3) (This one) Critical Chain Project Management
4) Théorie des Contraintes (in French)
5) Chaîne Critique (in French)

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15 examples of “TOC + Lean” including several cases of Critical Chain – Free webinar in French (was initially a free breakfast conference) – 1st of April 2020

15 examples of “TOC + Lean” including several cases of Critical Chain – Free webinar in French (was initially a free breakfast conference) – 1st of April 2020 | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Conference in French.

Depuis 15 ans, Marris Consulting applique la Théorie des Contraintes, le Lean, le Six Sigma et le bon sens pour améliorer les performances des entreprises. Venez découvrir comment. En 2020, Marris Consulting fête ses 15 ans d'existence. A l'occasion de la date anniversaire de création, un 1er avril (à l'instar de Apple!) Philip Marris, son fondateur, partage avec vous 15 cas concrets, parmi les plus de 250 cas de sa carrière, d'amélioration des performances de production dans des entreprises de secteurs industriels très variés, entre autres: aéronautique, spatial, restauration rapide, métallurgique, automobile, MRO, pharmaceutique, ferroviaire, luxe, etc...

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Optimizing Execution to Accelerate Projects and to Maximize Value by Baha Inozu - November 12th, 2019 | PMI Los Angeles USA

Optimizing Execution to Accelerate Projects and to Maximize Value by Baha Inozu - November 12th, 2019 | PMI Los Angeles USA | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Project plans frequently fall apart during execution. With changes in work scope, time & resources required to perform tasks, it is very difficult to schedule daily tasks across projects and resource groups to meet project goals, including ROI maximization.

We will discuss a new approach [that includes Critical Chain] for unifying project teams and stakeholders at all levels, for enhancing the flow of productive work, and for aggregating risk for much higher portfolio reliability and for increasing the Return on Investment.

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Webinar by Aerosud, a South African TOC and Critical Chain best practice example - 10th June 2020

Webinar by Aerosud, a South African TOC and Critical Chain best practice example - 10th June 2020 | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Webinar: Aerosud, a Theory Of Constraints pearl in South Africa. Johan Steyn, the Managing Director, will present their experience in the implementation of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and how TOC helped to manage the Covid-19 crisis.

Includes what is probably the world record in Critical Chain Project Management applied to New Product development: >98% of projects finished on time with clients such as Boeing and Airbus.

 Aerosud is an aeronautics OEM. The company adopted TOC in 2010. They initially applied it to the Supply Chain and manufacturing with great success, then they implemented Critical Chain Project Management. They pursued their TOC journey by applying the Logical Thinking Process to build their Goal Tree and this led to launching a new audacious service offering. Then Covid-19 struck. Their response was to trigger and co-lead a South African initiative to rapidly develop the products that the country needed to face the pandemic. Today, they have redefined and repositioned themselves to continue to thrive in the new context.

 Wednesday 10th of June 2020, 4:00pm (UTC+2) Paris time = 10am New York EST.

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Webinar: How to find bottlenecks in production and in projects - Philip Marris - 27th May 2020

Webinar: How to find bottlenecks in production and in projects - Philip Marris - 27th May 2020 | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Marris Consulting invites you to its new webinar: how to find bottlenecks, the first step of the implementation process of the Theory Of Constraints.

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DevOps: 21 books recommended by world expert Gene Kim

DevOps: 21 books recommended by world expert Gene Kim | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

[...] In this blog post, I provide resources and further reading for concepts in The Unicorn Project. I first list the books that most influenced my thinking during the development of this book, as well as a chapter-by-chapter list of references to the many many lectures, talks, videos, articles, tweets, and personal correspondences with people I admire that inspired scenes in those chapters.

This post expands upon the citations listed at the end of the book. I added further background, commentary, and additional readings for people interested in learning more about those topics. ...

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Critical Chain, Agile & TOC presentation by Wolfram Müller featured by bg in Frankfurt 28th May 2020 | XING Events

Critical Chain, Agile & TOC presentation by Wolfram Müller featured by bg in Frankfurt 28th May 2020 | XING Events | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
Get your ticket now for the "Theory of Constraints with Wolfram Müller featured by bg" event to be held on 28 May 2020 in Frankfurt am Main.| Organiser: Boris Gloger...

The workshop will provide in-depth practical knowledge about the TOC and self-organization that can be used immediately to push agile to the next level.

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Critical Chain software comparison | Marris Consulting

Critical Chain software comparison | Marris Consulting | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it
We carried out a comparative analysis of the functionalities of the various project management softwares for critical chain planning.

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Thriving at the Edge of Chaos, Managing Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems by Jonathan Sapir – a review by Kiron D. Bondale

Thriving at the Edge of Chaos, Managing Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems by Jonathan Sapir – a review by Kiron D. Bondale | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Thriving at the Edge of Chaos – a review […] Kiron Bondale. Over the past couple of years I have regularly heard companies, their portfolios and even individual projects referred to as Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). […]  I was invited to review Jonathan Sapir’s new book, Thriving at the Edge of Chaos – Managing Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems. In the first half of the book, Jonathan does a good job of covering the challenges we face when trying to apply traditional planning approaches to complex projects. […]  his walk through of the Cynefin framework make these sections a good primer on the subject. Whether it is Ian Malcolm’s quote about non-linearity from Jurassic Park, the old joke about the drunk looking for his keys around a lamp post, or the analogy of a fence and treats for a dog as examples of boundaries and attractors, Jonathan provides many quotes, analogies and examples which all help to make a complex (no pun intended) topic approachable for most readers. A number of the principles he covers in the first half of the book will resonate with both agilists and anti-fragilists including: […]  Uber is frequently referenced in the book as almost a “poster child” for living on the edge, but I found the inclusion of Cemex and how they overcame the challenges they were facing in a traditional industry more appealing to me given that the majority of organizations are not founded to disrupt an existing business model.

The second half of the book covers Dr. Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (ToC) and focuses heavily on its application in Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). While CCPM provides good solutions for dealing with common scheduling issues, I did feel that the book could have delved deeper in terms of applying ToC and other models to addressing some of the non-scheduling concerns caused by CAS. …

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An Introduction To Agile Project Management For Pharmaceutical Outsourcing | OutSourcedPharma.com

An Introduction To Agile Project Management For Pharmaceutical Outsourcing | OutSourcedPharma.com | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

This can be achieved by applying best practices of Lean, Agile, and the Theory of Constraints (TOC) through Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM).

Predominantly, the TOC is a catalyst — it provides practical steps for how best to exploit a constraint when it is identified; it helps determine the necessary and sufficient processes to achieve more of whatever the goal is by eliminating the obstacles that limit the team from moving forward.

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Webinar presentation slides: “Project Management the TOC Way” / Critical Chain Project Management – 15th Jan 2020 | TOCICO

Webinar presentation slides: “Project Management the TOC Way” / Critical Chain Project Management – 15th Jan 2020 | TOCICO | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Free webinar: Project Management the Theory Of Constraints Way by Philip Marris on Wednesday 15th of January 2020. Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) […] Philip Marris, who has over 30 years of TOC implementation experience, will describe both the traditional elements of the CCPM approach (how to plan, how to execute and how to improve further) and his own personal recommendations such as [...]

The full 92 page presentation used during this TOCICO webinar are available for free viewing and downloading here. Just click on the “Webinar material” button.

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Improving focus and predictability with critical chain project management - 8 page article by Joe Cooper | PMI.org

Improving focus and predictability with critical chain project management - 8 page article by Joe Cooper | PMI.org | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Does it seem that projects in your organization require frequent firefighting where due dates are challenged and heroics are necessary to get things done? Do projects often go from green to red overnight? [...] Lack of focus and inability to manage uncertainty are two significant causes of project delays, diminished quality, excessive project durations, and poor team spirit. By addressing these root causes, critical chain project management (CCPM) techniques improve project speed, quality, on-time performance, and team morale. This paper demonstrates how reducing nonproductive multitasking enables team members to achieve high-speed execution and high-quality deliverables, and leads to a greater sense of accomplishment, and an increased capacity to think and to innovate. ...

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The Unicorn Project - Gene Kim podcast by DevSecOps

Edwards Deming [...] In his 1982 book, "Out of the Crisis", Deming explained in detail why Japan was ahead of the American manufacturing industry [...] he laid the foundation for DevOps 40 years later.

Eli Goldratt published "The Goal" in 1984, focusing on the "Theory of Constraints", [...] The Goal were a precursor to the DevOps movement 40 years later.

In January 2013, [...] Gene Kim published "The Phoenix Project". He used the same format as Goldratt, telling the story in a fictional novel format with characters who were easily identifiable within the software manufacturing process, from a manager's point of view. The Phoenix Project is now one of the most important books in the industry, and is used as a starting point for companies interested in participating in a DevOps transformation.

It's now six years later, 2019. Gene's new book, The Unicorn Project, will be released at the upcoming DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas on October 28. [...]

In this broadcast, Gene and I talk about how the Unicorn Project aligns with the Phoenix Project [...]


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Critical Chain article by Ian Heptinstall in Sunday Telegraph UK - Sept. 2019

Critical Chain article by Ian Heptinstall  in Sunday Telegraph UK - Sept. 2019 | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

Project management [essentially CCPM] Critical Chain article by Ian Heptinstall published in September 2019 in The Sunday Telegraph UK.

To read article follow this link: https://issuu.com/mediaplanetuk/docs/project_management/12

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[Highly recommended] Theory of Constraints Research Database | School of Management | Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

[Highly recommended] Theory of Constraints Research Database | School of Management | Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand | Critical Chain Project Management | Scoop.it

The Theory of Constraints resource supports collaboration with researchers and practitioners via a downloadable database of current and historical material. […] database of TOC articles, books and conference papers was started back in 1996 […] have so far assembled over 4000 articles, books, and conference papers, on all areas of TOC. […]

This evolving database will be published via spreadsheets that build on the great work done to date, and available as a downloadable resource for researchers and practitioners alike.

6MB     Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) (updated Dec 2016)

6KB      Thinking Processes (updated Dec 2016)

151KB  Throughput Accounting (updated Dec 2016)

272KB  Supply Chain & Operations Management (updated Dec 2016)

For each paper, we provide a link to the source. […]

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This is a unique source of information. It is the best in the world. It is especially good on Critical Chain Project Management.

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