1st Edition

Project Management in the Fast Lane Applying the Theory of Constraints

By Robert C. Newbold Copyright 1998

    This cutting edge, "how to" manual details proven methods for turning around chronically late, overbudget, and underperforming projects. Project Management in the Fast Lane explains how Theory of Constraints tools can be applied to achieve effective, breakthrough solutions in virtually any environment. It includes a complete discussion of the Critical Chain scheduling approach pioneered by Eli Goldratt-the most significant new development in project scheduling in the last 40 years!
    The project management tools described in Project Management in the Fast Lane are clearly outlined and will help project managers in manufacturing, construction, and new product development in any field find efficient, practical, and sound solutions to management issues. Common problems related to deadlines, budgets, project performance, and more are thoroughly treated, providing a solid basis for applying tools to familiar problems. This book is sure to inspire managers, executives, engineers, and MIS and quality assurance professionals to rethink their management approaches and create dramatic, profit-driven improvements in their organizations.

    Project Management Today
    Bidding for the Project
    The Worker's Viewpoint
    Hidden Costs: Work-in-Process
    Hidden Costs: Lost Productivity
    The Generic Current Reality
    The Project Manager's Viewpoint
    Critical But Stable
    A Critical Chain Schedule
    Managing Uncertainty
    Resolving the WIP Conflict
    Identifying the Critical Chain
    Adding Buffers
    Planning the Critical Chain Project
    Global Viewpoint, Global Leverage
    The Goal
    Throughput: Ichiban
    The Throughput World: Climbing Out of the Box
    Global Improvement: The Five Focusing Steps
    Global Improvement: TOC Accounting
    The Project Dice Game
    Multiple Projects
    Implementation Issues
    What Is a Schedule?
    Leveraging the Critical Chain
    Weak Links
    Implementation Checklist
    Appendix A: Answers for Further Thought
    Appendix B: Glossary


    Robert C. Newbold