Is it possible to get projects finished on time, in full, to budget?
The answer is 'yes', but anyone who has run projects knows full well that this is not easy.
There are good project managers out there who can achieve these goals - at least most of
the time - through hard work and diligence. But equally well there are many project
managers who don't have the ability to do this and truly struggle all the time to get
anywhere near these goals.
You then have the issue in 'multi-project' environments of better project managers pulling
resources onto their projects at the expense of other projects. So some projects win, and some
lose. Frequent conflicts arise in this kind of situation which does nobody any good.
The issue for project based organisations is how to achieve on-time, in full, to budget
status across all their projects, not just a few. Relying on having excellent project
managers is not a robust, replicable way of achieving this goal.
I&J Munn Ltd provide project management training and access to software tools to address
this issue. By providing a set of tools, knowledge and rules which work for each and every
project you can regain control of the projects in your business. Whether you 'sell'
projects directly or you simply rely on them to develop the products you do sell, or the
facilities that make them, then you can make some very substantial improvements by adopting
the Project Management methods which we teach.
What drives our Project Management Solutions?
All of our Project Management solutions are based on the principles of "Critical Chain" which
were first developed by Dr Eli Goldratt as part of the Theory of Constraints body of knowledge.
The essence of Critical Chain is first to recognise that in any project environment there are
'constraints' involved, and in the context of projects those constraints are resources which we
need in order to progress not just one, but probably many of our projects. By working out how we
can get the best out of our most loaded constraint - or the critical resource - we can develop
a way of running projects that means that all projects 'win' not just a few, and by doing that
we give ourselves a much higher chance of achieving the goal of on-time, in full, to budget across
all our projects.
Our programmes are taught by Ted Hutchin, who is both a highly experienced Project Manager
as well as an academic expert on the subject, regularly giving university lectures on
Critical Chain. He is therefore able to apply an effective combination of practical
experience and in-depth knowledge to this field.
Project Management Training Programmes
Our training courses in Project Management range from a half day 'Overview' course on Critical
Chain Project Management to a two day 'Fundamentals' workshop.
A brief description of each course is outlined below, together with an explanation of who the
course is targeted towards. You can click on the box titles to access a detailed
description of each course, including how to book onto the courses.
Our half day overview of Critical Chain project management is an ideal way of finding out
the essence of Critical Chain and evaluating whether the solution would be appropriate for
The key concepts are explained using highly visual and animated teaching tools which enable
you to quickly grasp the ideas and principles that make up Critical Chain.
The course is suitable for anyone with experience of project management or for directors
and managers responsible for improving the performance of projects in their organisation.
Previous project management experience would be of benefit but is not essential.
Our two day "Fundamentals" workshop in Critical Chain goes much deeper into the subject and
teaches the details of the principles and methodology behind Critical Chain.
Participants will make use of a variety of simulation tools to understand the key differences
between traditional project management methods and Critical Chain, and will have the
opportunity to try out the same project challenges using both conventional and Critical
Chain thinking to see the differences.
Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the core principles of Critical Chain
and will be ready to evaluate Critical Chain software solutions and to start a programme
to implement Critical Chain in their company.
The workshop assumes a basic prior knowledge of project management techniques and is suitable
for all project management roles - project managers, resource managers, and key task
Project Management Software
Running Critical Chain in a business does require some tools - would anyone these days
consider running one project manually let alone several? Unfortunately many of the most
common Project Management software packages fall short in providing Critical Chain
Listed below are brief descriptions and links to some of the Critical Chain compliant
software packages that we are aware of. We cannot guarantee that this list is exhaustive and
we have only listed packages with which we have a degree of experience.
We are not connected with any of these software businesses in any commercial way - we are not
agents or partners and receive no financial income from these companies. We simply
provide here a list of links that you might want to explore to evaluate these software tools
Regardless of which software tool you choose, the training courses we provide are in full
compliance with the software solutions as they are all based on the same core Critical
Exepron is a relatively new product based on
cloud computing which provides Critical Chain Project Management as a web delivered
software service, and requires no additional project management software to use it.
It is provided on a monthly subscription basis.