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Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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Critical Chain (original 1997; edition 1997)

by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

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A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers--and finds them in through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.… (more)
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Title:Critical Chain
Authors:Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Info:North River Press (1997), Paperback
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Tells why and how projects get delayed; the “Theory of constraints” has been explained beautifully and practically. ( )
  ashutosh.kumar | Jan 19, 2014 |
A great way to use fiction in order explain theoretical models that are critical to project success. ( )
  eburcat | Dec 22, 2008 |
CRITICAL CHAIN, a gripping fast-paced business novel, does for Project Management what Eli Goldratt's other novels have done for Production and Marketing. Dr. Goldratt's books have transformed the thinking and actions of management throughout the world.
If you have read THE GOAL and IT'S NOT LUCK you will want to read CRITICAL CHAIN because you understand how Eli Goldratt's books can change how you think about business.
If you have not read THE GOAL and IT'S NOT LUCK, this book will introduce you to Dr. Goldratt's Thinking Processes, and you will understand why Fortune Magazine calls him "a guru to industry", and Businessweek describes him as a "genius".
  rajendran | Mar 8, 2007 |
As it says on the front cover, this book is a "Business Novel" i.e. an engaging story set in the business/academic world which teaches the reader important concepts through the character interactions and events that take place within the story. Unfortunately the title does little to tell you that this book is about applying the Theory of Constraints to the area of project management. That said however, the book is a very easy and informative read and follows in the steps of The Goal and It's Not Luck (both by the same author). Indeed a large portion of Critical Chain is dedicated to summarising the material (TOC and Evaporation Clouds) covered in The Goal and It's Not Luck. I found the information presented in Critical Chain easily accessible and understandable but the format of the book (a business novel) tends to make it easy to forget as well and I think the author would have done well to include a "what we learned" section at the end of each chapter or an index at the very least. Having done a fair amount of project management myself I found myself nodding in recognition with many of the scenarious that are detailed in the book and found the solutions presented to be most useful and eye opening.

From the back cover: Critical Chain, a gripping fast-paced business novel, does for Project Management what Eli Goldratt's other novels have done for Production and Marketing. Dr. Goldratt's books have transformed the thinking and actions of management throughout the world.

If you have read The Goal and It's Not Luck you will want to read Critical Chain because you understand how Eli Goldratt's books can change how you think about business. ( )
  DSD | Nov 19, 2006 |
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