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Critical Chain Audiobook

Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints

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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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LosBaz 06-20-14
    LosBaz 06-20-14
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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. California 06-02-16
    J. C. California 06-02-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Performance distracts from the message"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it re-iterates the points made in the "The Goal" while expanding them to a new context.


    What other book might you compare Critical Chain to and why?

    The Phoenix Project because it deals with similar concepts. The Phoenix Project is a better listen than this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For some reason they decided to switch the voices during the book. Unlike "The Goal" audio book where different people read different characters, here they had different people read every character. It takes a few minutes to re-adjust every time the voice changes.


    Any additional comments?

    The books setting is a university business school that has realized enrollments are down due to the lack of perceived value delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Paul 05-24-16
    Jane Paul 05-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging learning"

    The ability to teach with an engaging story is a lost art. Goldratt does it superbly. His ability to use interesting characters in real life situations makes understanding easier.

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    Lexie 04-28-16
    Lexie 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Character voices change"

    In some points the character voices would change, which sometimes made it difficult to know who was speaking. After figuring out who was speaking, the book became clear to understand, just took a moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Arturo Mora Soto Madrid 04-28-16
    Jose Arturo Mora Soto Madrid 04-28-16 Member Since 2016

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    "An amazing book that will break your paradigms"

    Nowadays management theories are based on old beliefs from two centuries ago, this book will help you to understand the dynamics behind the theory of constrains and put it into action at your organization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Justice 03-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "4th in an informative series about TOC"

    Good book. Continues to provide insight based on TOC. I wish it would explain more in-depth, like The Goal did. At this point, I feel my next steps are to take a class in TOC Project Management (CCPM).

    I am sad there isn't another audiobook in the series available yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hugh W. Cox Jr. Cordova, TN USA 09-15-15
    Hugh W. Cox Jr. Cordova, TN USA 09-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "It may be old, but it is timeless"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Critical Chain to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version, but this was definitely entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Chain?

    Just the ongoing mental dialog around the topics


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Richard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a business project management text presented as a fictional story. It's a very unique way of presenting the information. The information around project management and some of the story is somewhat dated, but all in all it would be a wonderful listen for someone just getting started in project management to understand the landscape of the practice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • T.C
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    6/29/15
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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.

    1 of 2 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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