Project Management in the Fast Lane: Applying the Theory of Constraints, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Project Management in the Fast Lane

Applying the Theory of Constraints, 1st Edition

By Robert C. Newbold

CRC Press

320 pages

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pub: 1998-03-25
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Series

The CRC Press Series on Constraints Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering