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Title: Critical Chain


1
Critical Chain
  • Chapters 4-6

2
What is a project?
  • Textbook definition
  • A set of activities aimed to achieve a specific
    objective and have a clear start, middle and
    end.
  • Professor Silvers definition
  • A complex initiative that needs pictures,
    diagrams, time charts, or showing sequential or
    parallel steps in order to manage it.

3
General Project Problems
  • Regardless of industry or project type, there are
    three common problems to all projects
  • Budget overruns
  • Time overruns
  • Compromising content

4
Conflicts - The Meeting
  • B.J Von Braun -
  • President of University
  • Saturating demand for new MBAs
  • Overextending capacity
  • Large fixed overhead for business program that
    might potentially decline
  • Christopher Page
  • Dean of Business School
  • Demand will not taper off
  • Need investments to maintain talent in the
    business schools
  • Talent will bring increase reputation and
    increase demand

5
Meeting Adjourns
  • Agreements
  • Ability of graduates to get jobs as indicators of
    demand
  • Use of survey tool as measurement
  • BJ VonBraun already has the results she gets
    Page to agree to the decision-making conditions,
    then shares results with him.

6
Class Example New Production Facility Built in
Malaysia
  • Sacred cow project for CEO
  • Project is grossly over budget and significantly
    late
  • Payback period pushed from 3 to 5 years, which
    still seems unrealistic
  • All use uncertainty as reasons for delay - Upper
    management blames external environment and lower
    ranks blames internal sources

7
Conclusions
  • Most problems in projects are direct or indirect
    results of uncertainty
  • Most individuals add a safety margin to any
    deadline, usually around 80
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