This is my book review, as published in the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Project Managment Institute July 200 newsletter: "I just finished reading a great book! Critical Chain is written by Eli Goldratt, previously of the Avraham Goldratt Institute (AGI), who is now leading his own organization. One could refer to Eli Goldratt as the father of the Theory of Constraints (TOC). TOC is an overall philosophy usually applied to running and improving an organization and readily applied to managing projects. The TOC tools relate to problem solving (what to change from, what to change to, and how to make that change) and daily management (win-win conflict resolution, effective communication, team building skills, delegation, and empowerment). In a nutshell, critical chain (which is a part of TOC) is a project management concept where slack is not applied to each task, but is instead collected as a buffer at the end of a project. Progress is based on performance against the schedule, coupled with calculating what portion of the buffer has been used. I was intrigued with the critical chain approach, so I picked up this book and am glad I did. While many educational books are dry reading (let's face it), Critical Chain is both educational and entertaining. The author provides a fictional setting to present step-by-step instructions on how to use the method, along with useful examples. More importantly, he explains how each step of the process evolved and what problems it resolves. Critical Chain is the latest in a series of books which discuss these solutions in detail (the preceding books are The Goal, The Race, and It's Not Luck). It took me about five hours to read and was so good that I'm anxious to read the others!"