I was asked this:
Hello Chris,I really appreciate the PM videos you upload on YouTube. They have been instrumental in understanding PM, according to an analysis of the critical path. However, my Company is going to hire a Critical Chain PM consultant to teach its managers new PM methodology. I have seen videos on YouTube that compare Critical path vs Critical chain, but am unsure how they differ exactly. Is there any insight you can provide on Critical Chain when compared to Critical path? From the incarnations that I have seen, critical path is lambasted as lacking resource information. Any insight you can provide would be much appreciated.Thank you,Przemek
Here is my reply
The critical chain on the other hand takes into account shortage of resources at an earlier stage in the PM planning process. It will get you to the same point if you do it correctly – but I think working out the critical chain is really quite difficult. I would be interested to see if they’ve got an easy way to do it.
If you can do the critical chain correctly it will get you to the same result as my method = the method used by the Association of Project Managers = the method used successfully for 100 years by everyone who has made any significant size of project in that time