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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 27 minutes
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- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 18, 2014
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- Language: English
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Easy read since it is written like a Novel
Critical Chain is an interesting project management style
Well though out and well executed with good examples.
Critical Chain is shown as the ultimate savior to projects, even though there are issues that this method contains
Sometimes we spend a lot of time reading the story without any business insights
Overall this is great books and a good starting point for Critical Chain Managment
It is a pity that this book is not mandatory for software developers and development managers.
Who knows, maybe software would be delivered on time, on budget and with the expected quality level.
The book is written from a common-sense approach (in contrast to the approach used by textbooks) and some of the problems it addresses are:
1. Projects often run over budget but rarely finish under budget
2. Multitasking is actually detrimental to projects
3. Constraints arrise when multiple projects use the same resources
4. The true cost of a project (which Goldratt says is much higher than most think)
5. Negotiations with subcontractors used on a project
6. Net Present Value and payback period are inadequate measurements for the cost of a project
Don't be discouraged if you don't understand any of the typical project management jargon. Goldratt does a great job of introducing each concept and describing the basic, underlying concepts. The technical concepts are explained in question-answer form that would be similar to attending a seminar.
Lastly, Goldratt uses two types of projects (product development and construction) as examples in this book. However, the concepts and his approach could be applicable to many different types of projects. In my opinion, the determining factor for applicability of Goldratt's approach is the structure of the organization and not the type of project; the less burocratic, the more applicable.