- Series: Effective Project Management
- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Artech House Publishers; 2nd ed. edition (December 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580539033
- ISBN-13: 978-1580539036
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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About the Author
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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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.
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
Critical Chain by Lawrence P. Leach is a must read for anyone working on a project, managing a project or managing an organization that manages projects. Mr. Leach in the first three chapters provides a thoughtful well-researched description of the need for a better way to manage projects. He provides a well reasoned argument for the need to change the process contained in the Project Management Institute's (PMI), Project Management Book of KnowledgeTM (PMBOK). Mr. Leach does a masterful job of weaving Total Quality Management (TQM) and Theory of Constraints (TOC) into project management.
Mr. Leach then builds on this "learned" development and provides a very complete and knowledgeable primer for the process of planning and managing a project. The process he describes is complete and easy to understand.
If your organization is using project management tools and is still embracing Critical Path Method for scheduling and schedule control the information contained in this book should give you food for thought and the reason for swithching to Critical Chain.
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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Many of the critical figures are simply broken. Figure 3.Read more