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Project Management via Critical Chain (CCPM)
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Executive Overview on CCPM (Critical Chain) Burned Up or Burned Out by Projects ?

Diagnose your Project Management Problems

What's New & Different about Critical Chain (CCPM) ?

What are the "Bottom Line" Results that I can Expect from Critical Chain (CCPM) ?

Has Anybody Already Used Critical Chain (CCPM) in my Industry ?

How do I get Started in Critical Chain (CCPM) ?

How can PQA help you improve your Project Outcomes ?

Executive Overview on CCPM (Critical

 Costs must be reduced.  You must get your projects done faster. you are probably Burned Up or Burned Out by Projects. and/or 10% to 50% less resources (ie. man-hrs. Diagnose your Project Management Problems The above 5 factors are a simple analysis of the typical problems faced by people and .). or else!  Competitors are stealing your best ideas before you pay off the R&D bill.Chain) CCPM (Critical Chain Project Management) is a new methodology for doing projects that allows you to complete projects with high quality deliverables in 10% to 50% less elapsed time. etc. Burned Up or Burned Out by Projects? Do you have one or more of the following symptoms?  You work long hours and still don't get everything done.  You must co-ordinate and effectively use your precious resources. If you have some or all of the the above needs. $.

traditional project management techniques: Critical Chain (CCPM) is based on: Common sense and reality How people work most effectively Critical Chain (CCPM) Does Not: Require ideal scenarios. you'll love the improvements that Critical Chain (CCPM) brings. PQA's Project Management Assessment Questionnaire You can do the questionnaire yourself and use it as a basis of discussion among your Project Team members. Don't force consensus too soon. it's the remaining 5% to 10% which creates the majority of the problems. We recommend answering the questionnaire in private. The following table compares and contrasts Critical Chain (CCPM) vs. contact PQA What's New & Different About Critical Chain (CCPM)? Critical Chain Project Management (Critical Chain (CCPM)) is the first major advance in Project Management principles since the 1950's. so we'd like to add you as a data point. & send it back to PQA. critical path methods. and scheduling. and plans to write a series of articles on the research results. PQA is doing some basic research on project management results in the real world. download PQA's Project Management Questionnaire. PQA has been doing CCPM since 1998. Will Critical Chain (CCPM) help some of your current problems? For a more detailed assessment of your current situation. If interested. you will find huge differences of opinion about your current system throughout your PM system. take 30 minutes to fill it in. PQA finds that approximately 90% to 95% of the systems and tasks performed within a PM systems are good to excellent. Project Managers.projects. Therefore. If you are going to improve your project management system. you need a tool to better understand where your problems and opportunities are located so you can better focus. Your individual data will be kept confidential. Listen to why the people feel the way they do. PERT. Only then will you truly understand the issues and what needs to be changed for the better. Critical Chain (CCPM) was invented in 1997. PQA has developed a questionnaire tool for ourselves and our clients to assess the PM system. If you're familiar with Gantt charts. To assist you in this task. or you have questions about this research project. you must focus your efforts. In this way. then discussing the answers as a group. nor perfect data Make people work like robots to impossible standards of perfection . Management. and Sr.

Your results may vary. nor out of date reports Create Analysis Paralysis. it enhances them See the links at the top & bottom of the page for more detailed information. nor "Rocket Science" Have proprietary technology nor algorithms. What are the "Bottom Line" Results I can Expect from Critical Chain (CCPM)? Your benefits from upgrading to Critical Chain (CCPM) will depend on how well you are doing right now. less re-do. nor Information Vacuum. identifying & reacting sooner to problems. etc. nor a huge bureaucracy overhead Depend on impractical nor untested ideas Require project management specialists. PQA can help you estimate the potential savings that are available . Some organizations have documented up to a 50% improvement through Critical Chain (CCPM). better reporting.Using information effectively Minimum schedule complexity that gets the job done with acceptable risk Proven Theory of Constraints philosophy put to another practical use Simple. even though they considered themselves to have an "excellent" project management system before embarking on CCPM. your industry. everything is "open source" Limit your flexibility nor responsiveness. more efficient use of resources. minimizing multi-tasking. or multiple projects sharing resources Create Information Overload. etc. Most people readily achieve at least a 10% improvement in their Critical Chain (CCPM) projects. and your type of business. AND/OR  10% to 50% Faster through better scheduling. This improvement can be:  10% to 50% Cheaper through better. proven methods Software that makes Critical Chain (CCPM) accessible by everyone One project alone. conservation of safety time.

we usually find that the following methodology works best over the long term: . We highly recommend Critical Chain (CCPM) to our clients for all their projects that need a better method of management. all of PQA's internal projects that need project management services use Critical Chain (CCPM) methodology. I found Critical Chain (CCPM). Now. Some of the people and industries who have already benefited from Critical Chain (CCPM) are as follows: aerospace computers farming IT military sales & marketing agriculture consulting food manufacturing pharmaceuticals service automotive electronics government medicine quality professionals software development building & construction engineering health care media & publishing research telecommunications How do I get started in Critical Chain (CCPM)? PQA offers a complete suite of CCPM training courses to fully support a CCPM implementation.for you. I started searching for something different in 1998. of frustration. Has Anybody Already Used Critical Chain (Critical Chain (CCPM)) in my Industry? After 20 years of frustration with traditional project management problems. While there are many different users and approaches to Critical Chain (CCPM). and immediately recognized Critical Chain (CCPM) as a solution to 20 yrs.

department. Apply Critical Chain (CCPM) methods to your special case. train.1. and what Critical Chain (CCPM) has to offer. 4. PQA has a CCPM training course for project managers. and constraints. Measure. or division). and your supply chain. comprehensive support for organizations considering or implementing Critical Chain (CCPM):  Executive Overview Training . PQA has an CCPM Executive Overview training course available to help you. Train Senior management AND project managers on the best methods for projects. 5. Keep doing Critical Chain (CCPM) demonstration projects until you're convinced that Critical Chain (CCPM) really works. needs. Choose a significant demonstration project. Monitor the project closely & spread the word. department. 3. or division to volunteer to take Critical Chain (CCPM) to the next step. How can PQA help you improve your Project Outcomes ? PQA offers full service. 2. Accept one volunteer who will implement Critical Chain (CCPM) for 100% of all their future projects (done by one person. and promote Critical Chain (CCPM) until you are ready for Critical Chain (CCPM) on 100% of all projects throughout your entire organization. risks. Await one person. group. team. and it's substantially better than previous methods (may take from 1 to 4 demonstration projects). communicate. group. Gain more awareness of traditional Project Management problems.

and support  Pilot Project Implementation & Support services  Training for Project Managers. Project Team Members.2006 Process Quality Associates Inc. sales. ROI estimates  Critical Chain (CCPM) Next: Frustrations from Traditional Project Management Methods © 1996 .net +1 (800) 837-7046 "We . get the answers you need. To find out more about Critical Chain (CCPM). Engineer the Quality of Your Success" http://www. management.pqa. & support personnel  Measurement & feedback systems & analysis to assess the improvements achieved through Critical Chain (CCPM). training. engineering. Feasibility or Implementation cost estimates. installation. or start your own Critical Chain (CCPM) improvement process:  call PQA at (800)-837-7046  e-mail PQA at dwhitred@pqa.