Autonomy, accountability and tunnel effect

One young employee told me “I don't like my manager to ask me over and over again about the progress of my work. I like to get my objective and then be let on my own to achieve it, I’ll report when I’m done”. Well I thought, you have never been project manager nor in … Continue reading Autonomy, accountability and tunnel effect

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Can CCPM reinforce Parkinson’s law?

In this post I share a post-mortem analysis of a situation we’ve encountered while helping a company to improve its performance. This company was specialized in custom-made machine engineering and asked for help to improve its On-Time Deliveries performance. We proposed to install Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM), an obvious choice given the circumstances. Critical … Continue reading Can CCPM reinforce Parkinson’s law?

My takeaways from Breakthrough Project Management conference

Paris, October 17th, 2016. Ian Heptinstall, co-author of “The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management, Capital & Construction Projects on-time in less time, on budget at lower cost without compromise” (full title), was there to deliver his conference on the subject. Before you turn away thinking this has nothing to do with my industry, you … Continue reading My takeaways from Breakthrough Project Management conference

The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management – Book Review

The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management is about combining Critical Chain Project Management and "alliancing" or collaborative contracting for a win-win efficient way to manage huge (or small) construction projects. Soon when reading the guide, it becomes obvious that what the authors describe as efficient in construction and capex projects can be used in … Continue reading The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management – Book Review

We are all Lean now. What’s next?

Every once in a while, for nearly 30 years, the question arises: “what’s the next big thing after Lean?”, suggesting that the askers are done with Lean. We write July of 2016 and it seems that everybody is Lean now. Many people have been repeatedly exposed to Lean methods and tools, have been involved in … Continue reading We are all Lean now. What’s next?

Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) alone is not enough to drastically reduce a project’s duration and improve the development process efficiency. CCPM is a proven Project Management approach to ensure a project, any project, will meet its finishing date without compromising quality nor any of the requirements, and even though CCPM can lead to terminate … Continue reading Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Rotate a Tree to start your project

During the Logical Thinking Process training course (June 2015), Bill Dettmer took us through the whole process and the associated tools at each step. The process starts with the famous Goal Tree, assess the current situation and focus on critical root causes with the Current Reality Tree (CRT). Conflict Resolution Diagram (AKA Evaporating Cloud) may … Continue reading Rotate a Tree to start your project