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Critical Chain Project Management

"Critical chain project management (CCPM) is being hailed in some circles as a way for software development organizations to realize huge productivity gains over traditional project management. But in others, the concepts of CCPM are either unknown or being dismissed as impractical in the real world."

Anybody have experience with CCPM?

a man called donkey
Thursday, February 20, 2003

Joel mentioned the book about this very subject, "Critical Chain" by Goldratt.

I've read his 3 main books, The Goal (you have to read it first), Critical Chain, and It's Not Luck. Really extra-ordinarily fantastic books; I learned all kinds of things, such that in looking over my Managerial Accounting book I can point out all kinds of reasons why the various cost accounting methods are bad. I'm going to be a real joy to teach next semester ;)

Joel apparently liked them pretty well too, as he reccommmended them a few weeks past. I believe they are still listed on the front page.

Brian Hall
Thursday, February 20, 2003

The website at

along with the associated blog at

are incredibly good sources of information about Critical Chain.

I've been using the techniques for a few years now on my teams with exceptionally good results. 

The biggest problem I've run into with the CCPM method is properly sizing the buffers.  The stuff Goldratt has in his books on this isn't adequate - you gotta do some thinking and experimenting to get it right. 

If you are interested, Goldratt has another novel style book called "Necessary bug not Sufficient" that is just as good as his earlier books.  It's primarily concerned with how an IT company deals with a saturating market.

Anonymous Jonah
Thursday, February 20, 2003

At  there is a draft of a book applying TOC to IT(with Agile Methods)....

Haven´t read it yet, but it must be worth a look...

Marcio Mohriak
Thursday, February 20, 2003

But has anybody, besides Johah, actually USED it?

a man called donkey
Friday, February 21, 2003

The title I mentioned above is "Necessary but not Sufficient."  Oops.

You may find some others experienced with CCPM in a software setting on the yahoo group at:

Anonymous Jonah
Friday, February 21, 2003

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