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
Resolving the WIP Conflict
Identifying the Critical Chain
Planning the Critical Chain Project
Global Viewpoint, Global Leverage
The Throughput World: Climbing Out of the Box
Global Improvement: The Five Focusing Steps
Global Improvement: TOC Accounting
The Project Dice Game
What Is a Schedule?
Leveraging the Critical Chain
Appendix A: Answers for Further Thought
Appendix B: Glossary