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Lawrence P. Leach is president of Advanced Projects, Inc. and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He received his M.S.ME. from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A. from the University of Idaho.
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Product Details

  • Series: Effective Project Management
  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Artech House Publishers; 2 edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580539033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580539036
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Schuyler on March 16, 2006
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While not a devotee of critical chain project management (CCPM), I embrace several features of the approach.

Overall, this is a fine book despite some typos and minor organization flaws.

Mr. Leach has been promoting, teaching, and consulting in this area for years. It appears that the book is intended to complement his training and consulting---and that's okay. Anecdotes are frequently from questions arising at training or during client implementations. His experience shows.

Leach works to integrate concepts from theory of constraints (Goldratt), Project Management Institute's "PMBOK® Guide," lean manufacturing, and Six Sigma. He does this reasonably well, building upon and extending the foundation laid by Goldratt.

Some standout features of the book include a) implmentation barriers and issues; b) table of project model (logic) checks; and c) extensive notes and a chapter on implmentation.

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The first reading about CCPM should always be "Critical Chain" (1997) by E. Goldratt. This is an easy, insightful reading, by the guy that popularized (invented?) CCPM.

Then, before attempting implementation, I suggest studying Larry Leach's (this)book. Another credible guide is "Project Management in the Fast Lane: Applying the Theory of Constraints" (1998) by Robert Newbold
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "thepmguy" on September 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If your organization finds itself mired in delays, budget overruns, and exhausted staff 'running around in circles,' critical chain project management (CCPM) deserves your serious consideration.
An excellent start on the road to dramatic improvements for managing your projects, this book by Mr. Leach includes his practical experiences and numerous tips for successful project management using the renowned Critical Chain approach created by Dr. Eli Goldratt. A key component of this work is the implementation plan, which will jump start your planning for the breakthrough solution to projects mired by bottlenecks and will set you on track for a process of ongoing improvement for your portfolio of projects.
This book does a superb job of walking you through the theory, the psychology, and the practical aspects of critical chain project management. Another key thread is how Larry integrates the PMI Body of Knowledge principles with CCPM - a real plus for those who need the 'whole picture.'
I highly recommend this work for those who are serious about making the dramatic improvements required to excel in the digital revolution - projects often are delivered 20% or more earlier using critical chain properly. Mr. Leach's book will get you started on the right track.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2000
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I read Goldratt's Critical Chain and was interested but had no idea what to do next other than pay him a bundle of money for a seminar.

Not the problem here. Now I understand what they are proposing and I can explore these ideas further without forking up more money... at least until I need some good training. Which has it's place... after you've decided to committ.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe PM on January 16, 2007
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I have always been interested in Critical Chain from a PM perspective and, more generally, the concept of Theory of Constraints. I thought this book would be a great way to extend my knowledge of ToC and to learn about how to move away from critical path.

The real meat of this book doesn't even kick in until about Chapter 4. Prior, there are lots of thoughts about the many sins of "critical path" and how we're all doomed to failure if we don't change our ways. Then, the book starts to get into how to actually use the technique. It's a long discussion... without a lot of "knowledge checks" to make sure you understand what is going on. There are technical diagrams, lots of them, many of them without a whole lot of explanation. I found myself occasionally having to re-read sections two or three times to really understand what the author was driving at.

I'm sure this is a practical book if used as a "complete reference" but in my opinion it's not a good guide for someone who wants to understand the basics quickly and then gain extensive knowledge of the topic over time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2000
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Books covers TOC integrated into Project management, with further integration of the TQM principles. Takes what was discussed in Goldratt's "Critical Chain" novel and puts it into a How-to format. Worth every penny!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on March 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If not the actual father of CCPM, Mr. Leach is at least the midwife who has championed its cause, written the book, given the talks and done more to bring it to life than anyone else. In this new book, the second edition, updates and expands on the first edition based on new research and on feedback from readers.

Often resistance to a new concept comes from the "we've always done it this way" crowd. If you are new to CCPM, you might consider it an extension to CPM where additional factors like resource and task logic constraints are also taken into account.

The first four chapters of this book present an excellent overview of how it works. The first three chapters primarily discuss CPM and point out areas of potential trouble. The fourth chapter presents a complete single-project solution that compares CPM with CCPM and clearly illustrates the advantages.
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