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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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    Mariano 09-21-16
    Mariano 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great way of explaining TOC"

    It's been one of the best ways to understand the TOC applicable to PM. I'm only sorry of not reading it sooner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon 09-20-16
    Brandon 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hey John' female responds. Hey Judy' male responds"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Content wise, yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was terrible. Male reading female parts and visa versa through the first half of the book. Then it is corrected, but I don't think a female read at all. When there was what appears to be a female voice, I think it is read by a man.


    Did Critical Chain inspire you to do anything?

    Yes


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    Dustin Clifford 09-16-16
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    "A great book for all!"

    This is a great book for anybody. Whether you are planning for business or your personal life, this book gives great insight to why things go wrong in your plans and how to correct the way you plan to become successful!

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    Shawn 09-02-16
    Shawn 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lack of Different Voices & Hard to Understand"

    Didn't like the lack of different voices. Male and female roles were by a male. Only one male voice throughout. The book is all over the place and hard to follow and understand. This issue only makes it even more of a challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    startup_eng1 Tavares, Florida United States 08-16-16
    startup_eng1 Tavares, Florida United States 08-16-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent concepts!"

    Great follow-on to The Goal for those more interested in projects than manufacturing. However, both processes are related. This book will explain. I highly recommend this book. I only wished that I had read it years ago.

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    Riaan 07-13-16
    Riaan 07-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book"

    The best audio book I have listened to. I hope I am not too biased, but enjoyed the story being used to convey the subject matter.

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  • T.C
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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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