We use an advanced software to coordinate the projects that implements the Critical chain project management (CCPM) method. CCPM is a way of planning and managing projects that emphasizes the resources (people, equipment, physical space) required to execute project tasks. It was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. It differs from more traditional methods that derive from critical path and PERT algorithms, which emphasize task order and rigid scheduling. A critical chain project network strives to keep resources levelled, and requires that they be flexible in start times.
How it works?
Unlike the critical path technique, the critical chain method proposes to:
- Take into account the interdependence between tasks and resources,
- Rationalize the duration of each task.
In the critical path method, task delays are overestimated to protect against potential and unforeseen risks. Thus, a task that normally takes two weeks to complete is added a safety margin of two additional weeks, thus increasing its total duration to four weeks.
The problem is that tasks are rarely completed in advance mainly because of Parkinson’s Law which says that all work tends to stretch to occupy all the time allocated to it. The person in charge of the task will therefore take four weeks to complete it instead of the two weeks initially planned.
Using the Critical Chain method allows you to complete your project with fewer delays and costs.
- The CCPM reduces the time and cost of your projects.
- With this method, you quickly detect problems before they affect your projects and most importantly, you use your resources more efficiently.
- To ensure the success of this methodology, it is important to train and support your employees.
The biggest advantage is the capability of delivering projects on time, or even earlier.