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A Practical Guide to Earned Value Project Management, 2nd Edition by Charlene M. Budd, Charles I. Budd

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CHAPTER 17

 

Critical Chain Project Management

Even though the critical path method (CPM) has long dominated the scheduling of projects, it is not required by EVMS. Recently, CPM’s scheduling domination has been challenged by a new methodology: critical chain project management (CCPM). This chapter explains the emergence of CCPM and describes how it is used in conjunction with EVMS.

BACKGROUND

As mentioned earlier, the critical path method was developed by mathematicians and engineers in a burst of operations research activity in the late 1950s to assist the U.S. government in developing defense projects. The following paragraph, from one of the first books on the critical path method, introduces it in mathematical terms unfamiliar to most of ...

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