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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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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

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"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 2008

    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!

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    LosBaz 06-20-14
    LosBaz 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    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.

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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?

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    one of the most appealing project management lessons

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