Oh dear. I really want to recommend a book to you but I haven’t read it yet and I won’t have time to read it for another few months.
Damn it! I’m going to recommend it anyway – purely because the author, Larry Leach’s, first book Critical Chain Project Management (2nd Edition), was so damned good. It’s probably the best Critical Chain book around because it explains HOW to make Critical Chain work, not just WHY (like Goldratt’s novel).
I have fond memories of reading the first edition while sun-bathing on a sunny Dublin day during a weekend when my fiance (now wife) was on holiday with friends in Donegal. Larry had emailed me the chapters and I’d printed them off on my little ink-jet printer (nearly killing it), punched holes in the pages and filed them in one of those big ring-binders that go SNAP. Those memories are particularly fond because I took the ring-binder down to a local park full of bikini clad young women . I’m sure the young ladies were very impressed by the young man reading his project management book. I could, I’m sure, have been SNAPPED up myself, if I hadn’t been so engrossed in my book. My wife doesn’t know how lucky she was :)
Anyway. Larry has just released a new e-book called Eight Secrets to Supercharge Your Projects. I don’t know how good it is. I suspect it is very good. Here’s a 31 page extract where Larry reveals the first secret and introduces Critical Chain project management.