Reduce lead time with CCPM

Critical Chain for Creative Agency Project Management

How does your creative agency estimate task durations?

If you’re like most agencies, you’re using a mixture of historical data tempered with solicited resource input. I.E., I’ll start my estimate by looking at what we did last time (if available) and I’ll ask the resource how long they think it will take. The CCPM method then adds another step that many in the creative agency profession would find shocking: cut those durations estimates in half!

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Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

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Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Currently reading David Anderson’s book – Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business

Really enjoying the case studies presented in regards to the benefits of limiting WIP to increase efficiency.

Kanban has a great use in any situation that could use the structure of a pull system to enter work into the flow.

Highly recommended!

“Kanban is becoming a popular way to visualize and limit work-in-progress in software development and information technology work. Teams around the world are adding kanban around their existing processes to catalyze cultural change and deliver better business agility. This book answers the questions: What is Kanban? Why would I want to use Kanban? How do I go about implementing Kanban? How do I recognize improvement opportunities and what should I do about them?”

Limiting WIP through critical chain project management

Limiting WIP equals reduced lead times

The Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) methodology promotes scheduling projects in a way that is cognizant of resource constraints and avoids multi-tasking. There is a lot of ground to cover on Critical Chain Project Management but in this post I want to focus on a key area that may be one of the hardest to swallow; limiting Work in Progress (WIP) by staggering project schedules.

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