Critical Chain

an innovative method of

project management

THE mEthod

Dare to finish all your projects on time!



This approach, a part of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), answers 2 recurring questions:

How to finish your projects on time, within budget commitment and honour the initial specifications?

How to accelerate your projects (of new products development, of non-repetitive productions, of software development, of construction, …)?

The fundamentals of the approach

Protect the project against uncertainties with the project buffer and make sure to finish all projects on time

Do projects faster



in projects duration*

Manage project execution using the Fever Chart and better manage priorities on a daily basis

Finish more projects



of projects completed per time period*

Improve multi-project portfolio management and anticipate resource conflicts

Optimized output



of throughput*

*Source : “Advanced Multi-Project Management” - 2013 - Book by Gerald I. Kendall & Kathleen M. Austin, p. 95

This diagram helps you understand this simple method:

In traditional planning, finishing late is almost inevitable…



…and yet each task has its own margin


The Critical Chain aims at mutualizing the margins and challenging cycle times. The buffer absorbs any delays in the initial durations

They apply the method

and have achieved remarkable results

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Next Critical Chain webinar on June 17 by Philip Marris. It will present the essential characteristics of Critical Chain Project Management.


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The Theory Of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO) is organizing a conference online this year and this event is the main annual gathering in the world of Theories of Constraints with hundreds of participants. 


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