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The Critical Chain method of project management was built on the innovations of the TOC approach to manufacturing. It takes the ‘focus on the constraint’ principle used in a production environment and applies it to the white-collar working world.
Two major issues surrounding the management of multiple projects are how to plan resources and how to manage uncertainty. Traditional methods may be able to deal with resource planning, but provide no simple answer to the management of uncertainty in execution.
It is a fact of life that in all of our endeavours, nothing is more certain than uncertainty itself. In project management, it takes on a variety of forms:
Vendor performance is unreliable
Effort required to complete tasks is not fully known
Time to complete even well-known tasks can vary
Delivery of needed tools, material and equipment is uncertain
Availability of right-skilled people can’t be guaranteed
Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM), with its buffer management method, gives the multi-project manager a high degree of visibility, focus and control over the specific tasks across a multitude of projects that require attention. By treating and measuring variability within a project—and across projects—the method minimises the effects of that variability. In doing so, you improve reliability and optimise performance.