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Who is currently using Critical Chain project management?
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I'm wondering about where this method is being applied today. I'm also looking for areas where it was attempted but didn't work out.--- would love to hear those stories.
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I believe that non availability of software applications utilizing this technique has prevented it from being adopted..
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I would agree with Nabeel. We use Critical Path Method on all our projects.
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Except for some Agile projects. We look at critical path, but rarely use the critical path method. According to Mike Cohn, he's never seen a team need a Gantt or PERT chart to figure out the critical path.
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1 reply by Rich Gargas
Jul 31, 2018 9:36 AM
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Mike and I must run in very different circles. I've never seen a team be able to calculate a Critical Path without PERT (meaning a task dependency network and task duration estimates.)
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I am using it as a tool to manage Agile based initiative. It fits very well for that tipe of initiatives. Some people wrote "critcal path method" but I understood you are talking about Critical Chain which is Goldratt method.
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1 reply by Rich Gargas
Jul 31, 2018 9:31 AM
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Yes, Sergio. I also noted the apparent confusion between Critical Path and Critical Chain.

I view Critical Chain as an evolution based upon Critical Path, one which uses task estimate "safety" in a much more advantageous manner. And it's that technique that I'm asking about.

I see you are using Agile AND Critical Chain -- do you like how that's working out?
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There are a few scheduling tools out there specifically built to support CCPM. I used ProChain a long time back and this site reviews others: http://www.marris-consulting.com/en/points...ftware-solution

A major constraint (no pun intended) for its utilization is the unwillingness of leadership teams to change their mindset and behavior.

It is still a fringe approach which is likely why the volunteer committee who produced the PMBOK Sixth Edition elected to drop it from the Schedule Management knowledge area.

Kiron
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1 reply by Nabeel Ali
Jul 31, 2018 4:14 PM
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Thanks a lot Kiron.
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I have recently seen knowledge this method as a requirement to working with some multinationals on projects
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I will appreciate if anyone provides a name of a scheduling software utilizing the Critical Chain Method.
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1 reply by Rich Gargas
Jul 31, 2018 9:26 AM
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Nabeel, you might find this site most helpful:

http://www.marris-consulting.com/en/points...ftware-solution

One not listed in this chart is Sciforma.com. I have experience with a few of these and am willing to share perspectives.
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Jul 31, 2018 9:04 AM
Replying to Nabeel Ali
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I will appreciate if anyone provides a name of a scheduling software utilizing the Critical Chain Method.
Nabeel, you might find this site most helpful:

http://www.marris-consulting.com/en/points...ftware-solution

One not listed in this chart is Sciforma.com. I have experience with a few of these and am willing to share perspectives.
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1 reply by Nabeel Ali
Jul 31, 2018 4:15 PM
Nabeel Ali
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Thanks a lot Rich.
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Jul 31, 2018 4:56 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I am using it as a tool to manage Agile based initiative. It fits very well for that tipe of initiatives. Some people wrote "critcal path method" but I understood you are talking about Critical Chain which is Goldratt method.
Yes, Sergio. I also noted the apparent confusion between Critical Path and Critical Chain.

I view Critical Chain as an evolution based upon Critical Path, one which uses task estimate "safety" in a much more advantageous manner. And it's that technique that I'm asking about.

I see you are using Agile AND Critical Chain -- do you like how that's working out?
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Jul 31, 2018 6:04 PM
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Just to add some information Critical Chain is based on Linear Programing that belongs to Operation Research field. Mr. Goldratt does not "invent" anything. The took those ideas that are outside there from 1800 mainly related to Theory of Restrictions and made them popular. I worked into an USA company and I took the courses with Mr Goldratt becasue at this time they was the only person able to teach the method. I was trained in my grade and posgrade career in the University on Linear Programing so it was very easy for me to apply the method. I made my own research (as part of the group I belonged in that USA company) to adapt the method to use with Agile methods. It was in 1995 but the trining I took was in 1989. So, if you take any software (there are free of use) that supports Linear Programing you can use it for any type of initiative. Then you can put it inside MS Project for example.
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Jul 31, 2018 4:39 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Except for some Agile projects. We look at critical path, but rarely use the critical path method. According to Mike Cohn, he's never seen a team need a Gantt or PERT chart to figure out the critical path.
Mike and I must run in very different circles. I've never seen a team be able to calculate a Critical Path without PERT (meaning a task dependency network and task duration estimates.)
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jul 31, 2018 12:15 PM
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I would agree with that Rick. To calculate the CP, you need network diagrams which depends on task dependencies and estimates.

In agile, Ive seen many using the critical chain by introducing buffers especially in their initial estimates until they figure out the required velocity.
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