A review of the scholarly literature on CCPM: a focus on underpinning assumptions

Maryam Mirzaei, Victoria J. Mabin
2018 International Journal of Project Organisation and Management  
Since critical chain project management (CCPM) was introduced, there have been many reports of its successful application, along with some claims of its shortcomings. However, there has been no attempt to reconcile the often-contradictory claims. To this end, we compiled and analysed a comprehensive database of CCPM scholarly publications. The literature analysis was complemented with text mining using NVivo and Leximancer software. We identify five assumptions CCPM makes about projects,
more » ... to five characteristics that projects need to have for CCPM to apply fully and thus, provide the expected benefits. These characteristics are unity of purpose, fixed 'throughput', urgency, sequential workflow and a non-dedicated team. If projects have these or can be adapted, then they will suit CCPM. Through the process of assumption challenging, this research extends and enhances our understanding of CCPM and its core mechanisms. applicability of theory of constraints to projects: critical chain project management and beyond'. In addition to her postgraduate research on project management, she worked for several years as Project Manager and the Project Management Office (PMO) Manager. She has worked on some of the largest construction projects in Sri Lanka, including post-tsunami reconstruction projects. She now teaches operations, supply chain and project management and constructed the TOC research database referred to in the paper. Decision Sciences. She has worked as an analyst consultant to business, government and industry on a wide range of strategic and operational problems.
doi:10.1504/ijpom.2018.10014868 fatcat:swrrm4yvjnaabnucyamwe5ktqq