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Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints | [Eliyahu M. Goldratt]

Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints

A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers - and finds them through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.
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Publisher's Summary

A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers - and finds them through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.

©1994 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd. (P)2014 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"This 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)

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    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 10-10-14
    Charlotte A. Hu San Antonio, TX, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist

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    "Business Fiction - A New Genre"

    This book is horrific from a literary perspective - shallow, predictable characters with almost soap-opera like qualities. Please ignore the slow start where these unimpressive characters are introduced.

    This book is brilliant because of the way it weaves a deeper meaning and education of project management into a plausible and interesting plotline, which makes up for the characters that carry it.

    This book is not for the uninitiated. It's chocked full of jargon and concepts that people who have never studied project management would never understand. For those who have had a course or two on project management or even a weeklong seminar and for whom project management is a reality, the book has a clarity and focus that reaches beyond anything I've seen in any period of instruction on the topic. However, you must speak the project management language to follow the gist of the book.

    As someone who has managed projects for years and studied project management, this book helped me achieve a new level of thinking and analysing business models, assumption, problems, workflows and more.

    This book is truly brilliant. Did I start out by saying its bad literature? It is. And it's brilliant!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LosBaz 06-20-14
    LosBaz 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Just alright"
    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book as someone who has never been in a Project Management role and wanted to learn more about the position. I was able to learn the basics through some of the use cases in the book and some interesting points I would have never thought about. However, overall I found myself losing interest as the book continued and felt like I wasn't learning anything new past the halfway point.

    One byproduct that I did take from the audio though is a great way of teaching a class. I instruct classes and I really liked the teachers methods in delivering his material.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Demonique 04-17-15
    Demonique 04-17-15
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    "Hated the changing voices"

    I had high hopes that the multiple voice actors would mean a female would play the female parts and the two men would play the key characters from the book. I was disappointed. Some chapters were read by the female doing all parts and others were by one or the other men. There was one chapter where it sounded like the men changed mid-sentence. I loved the book and I can't wait to apply TOC to my projects but the recording really threw me for a loop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fatuma 05-22-15
    Fatuma 05-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This book was wonderful information presented in m"

    I love this book. I enjoy every minute of it.The knowledge of new ideas awesome
    this book is what ever management needs. I give it a 5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Gaddie 04-28-15
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    "Full of ah ha moments"

    I have done projects in which I encountered the issues in this book. I love the insight to solutions and applicable knowledge

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 04-11-15
    Joe 04-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent information"

    This is a great addition to The Goal. It explains TOC for projects very well. I hope to continue exploring TOC.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Cairo 02-10-15
    Aaron Cairo 02-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good PM step by step guide"

    Well thought out and engaging way to walk the reader through the project management process, step by step. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. G. Griffin 01-31-15

    - The Griffin Group

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    "Classic TOC Novel"

    May not be Shakespeare, but communicates the fundamental precepts of Critical Chain in an entertaining way. I recommend this for anyone interested in TOC.

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    JNGUESSAN 07-02-15
    JNGUESSAN 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great management story"

    The story is great, the way the author linked business school with real time activities for companies is awesome.
    I liked the conversion of resources allocation in time allocation for project. I also like the 3 mechanisms to waste project safety:
    - student syndrome : wait until the last minute
    - multitasking
    - dependency between steps.

    I will recommend it to my CFO

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric McCamey Waldorf, Maryland 01-06-15
    Eric McCamey Waldorf, Maryland 01-06-15
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    "Educational and Entertaining, but a Bit Dated"
    What did you love best about Critical Chain?

    The uniqueness of a business book in story format was a lot of fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably BJ who was aloof and dignified as a college professor. I remember her most other than the main character. All were interesting. Voices were cheesy at points.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when Johnny was doing a seminar on his Unico experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It took me a couple of months and I listened in bits in pieces, but it would not totally exhaust me if I had to listen to it at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the points of this book are kind of not important with the advent of advanced project management tools and scheduling software.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic Business Novel"

    If you don't know about the theory of constraints then you probably should. This book explains them in the context of project management.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RRF
    Washington, DC United States
    11/2/14
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    "an entertaining presentation of a dry subject"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Critical Chain to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Any additional comments?

    one of the most appealing project management lessons

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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