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クリティカルチェーン―なぜ、プロジェクトは予定どおりに進まないのか? [Kuritikaru chiēn : Naze purojiekuto wa yoteidoori ni susumanainoka]

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ベストセラー『ザ・ゴール』に続くゴールドラット博士によるシリーズ待望の4作目。テーマはTOCによるプロジェクトマネジメントである。

本書でも一連の作品と同様に、既存の手法が通じない経営問題に直面する主人公がTOCに出あい劇的な成果をあげるという、「コストワールド」から「スループットワールド」への転換を興味深く描き出している。その「世界」を体験させてくれる大きな役割を果たすのが、定番の小説スタイルといえよう。

ストーリーは、大学のエグゼクティブMBAのクラスを舞台に繰り広げられる。主人公の教授と、各業界から現行のプロジェクトの納期短縮といった使命を帯びて集まったプロジェクト・リーダーらが、議論を戦わせながら現実的なソリューションを求めていく。

プロジェクトの問題点はここで総ざらいされる。納期直前まで作業を始めない「学生症候群」、結局は無駄にな

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Published October 31st 2003 by Daiyamondosha (first published January 1st 1997)
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Sergey Shishkin
This book is really hard to evaluate for me. Probably due to my background in agile software development. I secretly hoped the Critical Chain method to provide logical proof to the agile community's intuitive findings. But it didn't.

Critical Chain covers a few important topics: fallacies of estimation, ways to create safety buffers, ways those buffers can fail, danger of multitasking, importance of optimizing for the lead time. It puts a firm nail into the coffin of more traditional project mana
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Darcy
Dec 03, 2008 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
As an Engineer I am used to reading highly structured texts where the content is clearly partitioned into numbered sections with a series of formulas and figures to present the theory. After reading the theory in each section, I’ll typically find a number of problems designed to test and enrich my understanding before proceeding to the next topic.

Eliyahu Goldratt, who is a physicist turned business consultant, chose to break from this conventional writing style by presenting his ideas in the for
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Scott Fabel
I have been talking about Critical Chain in my project management classes for about five years now; however, I have only done so in broad strokes. In my current class, I was asked to expand on it just a bit more. I had never actually read Goldratt's book, but I knew enough about the theory to respond to the kinds of questions I was receiving. Even so, I thought that it was about time for me to read the original. To be honest, I didn't learn anything revolutionary in the book. It may have been a ...more
Kari Olfert
Jul 11, 2016 Kari Olfert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm taking Project Mgmnt courses right now and I can assure you that this book is far more interesting than anything I've read on the subject. It reads like fiction, minus the sex and psychological struggles. Good overview of how to chart a successful project, sure you're missing all of the details for the procedures and techniques used and computer programs definitely simplify the procedure but the overview of delivering a project on time, is bang on..follow the critical path!
Scott Wozniak
Nov 06, 2014 Scott Wozniak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for already competent project managers who want to go to the next level. It doesn't teach the basics at all. But it does have some crucial insights on how to go from mediocre to good.

It's a story of a business professor learning about project management as he teaches--and a good story. And the concepts are really potent--especially for very large projects. For small projects, not as much helpful.

The core idea: there are a few key constraints that the project hinges on. Those nee
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Martin Smrz
Jan 10, 2016 Martin Smrz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, easy to understand book on interesting topic. Served with easiness that make you think about the topic. Recommended for anyone who deals with any form of project management.
TarasProkopyuk
Mar 01, 2012 TarasProkopyuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management, toc
Понравилась и эта книга Голдратта. Как и в других своих книгах автор весьма понятно и доступно доводит до читателей довольно понятные методы и системы управления проектами. Считаю, что концепции решения проблем предлагаемые Голдраттом подойдут практически в любом виде бизнеса, а также и в других видах организаций, даже вплоть до личной жизни. Главное что мне нравиться в книгах автора так это его стиль: просто и доступно о сложном в увлекательной форме.
И конечно же рекомендую данную книгу всем уп
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Alex French
Meh.
Александр Федотов
Еще одна книга о ТОС, только в применение к проектному менеджменту. Как обычно - интересная история человека, который "продирается" к новым знаниям, паралельно решая личные проблемы. Герою хочется помочь и, как минимум, это интересная форма подачи материала.

Из интересного - синдром студента, как способ отложить намеченное дело до последнего момента (и связанные с этим накапливающиеся отставания), которые автор предлагает решать ужатием сроков каждого задания до минимального на критическом пути.
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Cori
What intrigued me: Ginger loaned me this book because "it does for project management what The Goal did for production."

What I liked: The narrative makes the ideas relateable and easy to follow.

What I didn't like: Judith and a real world sense of how people and teams would react to the change in management. I can't imagine what my team would think of my cutting their estimates in half, and how one would implement this in an agile environment.

Favorite quote: "All I want to see is we are working
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Denabler
Jun 04, 2014 Denabler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am too young to say, "Never In my life" I have read such a novel or an important information which changes how you look at the world. Eventhough, The Goal & Critical Chain or the same version but dealing with Plant management (Production) and Project Management (Development), the narration is gripping.

I don't have an MBA, and that means no "Unlearning" required for me. That means I am not a chess player, just a pawn in the players hands(project managers). Insights about lead time, and neg
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Jack Vinson
Dec 11, 2013 Jack Vinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been longer than I thought since I've read this. The story line is different from what I remember. And the way CCPM is developed in the book takes some interesting turns. It has me wondering about howitzer introduce things. Of course there are also things in here that aren't in use.
Cameron
Jan 15, 2014 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the business aspects of Goldratt's business novels, but the "human interest" parts - pass the sick bucket.

This is another in his series of TOC books, applying the TOC analogy to project delivery and resource availability. Written in the late 1990's this seems old hat now - nothing particularly new, even the veiled introduction of Internal Rate of Return in final chapter was no surprise.

Even though there was nothing new it was a breezy read that jogged some thinking for me, so it was a ve
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David Evans
May 22, 2016 David Evans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: project managers
I really liked Goldratt's seminal book "The Goal" but I live in a project-based world and not a manufacturing world, so I picked this up to see how his Theory of Constraints might differ when considering projects.

Much of the basics were repeated from the earlier book, with new analogies. It felt a little dated from 1997. It also felt like it was easy to digest what he was presenting as different for projects, primarily how we estimate tasks and buffer dependent paths in a gantt plan, as well as
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Rex
I can't give this more than 3 stars, even though the content on project management from a Theory of Constraints perspective is 5 stars. Goldratt does as he did in The Goal and teaches this theory through a fictional story, letting us learn as the characters in his story learns. It worked well in The Goal, but the characters in Critical Chain are just too shallow and the dialogue too cringe worthy.

Despite this I would still recommend the book to anyone who liked The Goal and want to understand h
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Ravi Warrier
Aug 13, 2016 Ravi Warrier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is not so often that one comes across a book on a topic so intense, but delivered as lightly as this one. The entire book has one underlying intent - that is to make the readers understand the principles of Theory of Constraints (ToC) and demonstrate via the help of examples its implementation and implications of day-to-day business issues (in this case related to project management).
The book is written like a novel, with a plot and a protagonist which makes it easier to read. The protagonis
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Patrick
Critical Chain is the followup to Goldratt's The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, and attempts to take Theory of Constraints and make it more obvious how it applies to project management. The book is written in a "business novel" style like The Goal, or like the books of Patrick Lencioni, and as with every other example of the genre I've read, it is not fine literature, but it keeps things moving a little more than a dry business treatise would.

The basic philosophy is an examination of cr
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Guy
Oct 30, 2010 Guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
I loved this book because Goldratt slags MBA and E.MBA university graduate programs! However, he did it, it would seem, with such subtly that not one of the Goodreads reviews comments on that.

The 'novel' aspect of the book follows the dean of university's MBA/E.MBA department who has become concerned that the department's continued existence is in jeopardy because the MBAs she graduates are failing to provide their employers with the expected results. And the fix is, of course, the application
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Carlos Ramos
Nov 05, 2015 Carlos Ramos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice follow-up to "The Goal".

The good thing, it reminded me of some management concepts I had forgotten.

The bad thing, it made red sirens go off in my head, making me realize I have been working in mirages, doing irrelevant job.

Worse, with no real specifications and therefore no recognizable critical path.

At least, for now.

A lot of homework to do, a lot of not-so-common sense that I must catch up with.
Bob Wallner
Jun 07, 2014 Bob Wallner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toc, audible
Project managers this is a must read. Although it is not as powerful as The Goal it conveys the message that change is needed in all aspects of the business.

I love novels that get you excited about your subject matter. even though Critical Chain doesn't teach you the nuts and bolts of critical chain project management, it does effectively get you excited to learn more. Upon completing this I ordered a more tactical book on CCPM.
Jimp
Nov 14, 2010 Jimp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book I felt that the story was a bit too cooked. There were several insights that I felt were definitely worthwhile. His discussion on the impact of multitasking, use of buffers, halving estimates, and the application of the student syndrome to project scheduling were things I did agree with and made me think. The method of removing contingency from individual tasks is very helpful and can definitely improve scheduling. I did not feel that there was anything really new as far as ...more
Alison
Sep 08, 2007 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this because I have been appointed project manager for a big information architecture project going on at Simmons this semester. This is a business novel - a new genere for me. The idea is that rather than reading a textbook about a business concept, you read a novel that imparts all of the same information.

Naturally, it is still very didactic - this one takes place at an Executive MBA program and follows a professor who is teaching a class and at the same time working out how to apply t
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Felipe
Oct 25, 2013 Felipe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really outstanding book. Through a simple novel the author introduces you to the 'discovery' of breakthrough approach to project management. Though sometimes the story may seem a bit silly and characters that are geniuses suddenly reply "I don't understand" and "I don't get it", it is just part of engaging the reader in the explanation of concepts and ideas. And sure it does! I don't have much books in my "business books" shelf, but the way this book presents its ideas is truly somethi ...more
Prakash Raman
Nov 03, 2015 Prakash Raman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Theory of constraints applied to project management! A definite eye-opener to where all the buffers go! (down the drain) and how they are of little use, if added everywhere.

I still haven't quite worked out the incentive part where people can openly share the buffers they've added!
Rick Yvanovich
Why I wonder was I never taught Critical Chain when I was taught Project Management ? is it that new or was I taught that long ago ?! not really relevant anyway, now I understand Critical Chain .. looking forward to putting it into action sooner rather than later!
Robert Kalinowski
Jan 27, 2014 Robert Kalinowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was surprisingly informative. I still have my doubts as to how practical or realistic some of the examples given are, but it helps you look at certain aspects of managing a project from a different angle, and in that respect, I consider the book to be a huge success. I definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself managing a project.
Brittany
May 05, 2016 Brittany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read as part of the curriculum for an intro project management graduate class. Not miserable, not necessarily enjoyable, but also not a bad way to learn the particular subject matter. Would prefer this method over reading a classic textbook.
Don
Aug 25, 2010 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's great when you read a book for grad school that you'd consider reading anyways. I loved this book. Not only did it teach some very valuable project management lessons on Theory of Constraints, but it taught the lesson through the stories of a group of very likeable characters. The author also gives very relevant real world examples for each application of this theory. My kind of book.

I'm sure it would be best to back up the learning in this book with a few structured lectures on TOC, but I
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Evghenii
Feb 06, 2016 Evghenii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is surely a textbook. Not only it gives you a new way of managing projects but guides you through all the thought process behind the apparition of this theory. And it never gets boring as the book is written in a form of a novel.
Jerrald Hayes
Jul 27, 2015 Jerrald Hayes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the fifth or sixth time I have read this is the last 10 to 15 years as refresher course to the thinking behind the Critical Chain (as opposed to Crital Path) Method of Project Management. An "Essential" book in my library.
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