Project Management Institute

Critical chain project scheduling

do not oversimplify

Critical chain scheduling/Buffer management (CCS/BM)-the direct application of the theory of constraints (TOC) to project management- has received much attention in project management literature. There still is controversy over the merits and pitfalls of the CCS/BM methodology. This paper focuses on the fundamental elements of CCS/BM logic and pinpoints some intricacies that are not commonly referred to in the available literature. The authors' analysis is based on a critical review of the relevant sources and experimentation with both commercial CCS/BM software and an internally developed CCS/BM-based tool.
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