The real reason that projects fail and how to fix it - An introduction to Critical Chain Project Management

Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014

Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Location: WI-LR13, Wilberforce Building, University of Hull


CCPM delivers increased project, programme and portfolio performance by improvements in planning, scheduling, execution and monitoring. This is achieved by replacing specific time-wasting and inefficient processes and practices, endemic in ‘traditional’ project management methods, with effective, efficient (and entirely logical) changed elements.

CCPM has some very powerful statistics; An increase in speed of project completion of 20% - 50%. Productivity improvement of 30% - 60%. Throughput increase of 50% - 100%. But perhaps the most significant statistic is that greater than 90% of CCPM projects finish on, or before, their scheduled completion date. For portfolio planning this level of predictability is of immense benefit.

Although relatively little known in the UK and Europe, CCPM is not a ‘fresh out of the box’ or recent innovation. CCPM has been under constant use and refinement since its inception in 1997 and the roots of the underlying foundation principles - the Theory of Constraints (TOC) - go back to the 1980’s.

Presentation Content Overview: 

  • Why project management needs to change
  • How does CCPM work?
    • The failings of ‘traditional’ project management
    • The solutions of CCPM
  • From schedule instability to schedule stability
  • Breaking the vicious circle of poor performing projects
  • Programmes & Portfolio - CCPM in the multi-project environment

Speaker: Gary Palmer: Senior Consultant, Critical Point Consulting


Gary PalmerGary has a long background in Project, Program and Portfolio Management mainly in I.T. across multiple sectors: Manufacturing, Insurance, Banking, Telecoms, Retail, and Public Sector, as well as multiple roles in Testing & Quality management, training and consultancy.

Having become a ‘convert’ firstly to the principles of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), and then to the application of these principles to project management - Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) - Gary now specialises in the awareness, education, training and implementation of CCPM into the project environments of organisations.