Los Gatos (March 6, 2012). PPM software innovator Sciforma today announced the implementation of the robust Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) Methodology into Sciforma 4.0. CCPM is a single- or multi-project planning, execution and management approach which emphasizes resource utilization rather than individual task absolute start and stop times. Critical chain-based project management was developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, a physicist, who introduced this method in his book “Critical Chain” in 1997.

Project managers are often frustrated by not being able to deliver on schedule and within budget, given limited available resources. In response, Goldratt’s critical chain project management approach has a proven track record of dramatically improving both metrics of project performance given the same set of deliverables and resources.

Sciforma’s CCPM capabilities

Sciforma 4.0 implements a robust version of CCPM, supporting such features as:

  • planning backwards from a target end date
  • removal of resource contention
  • critical chain identification
  • automatic buffer calculation and insertion
  • automatic buffer absorption during project execution

Maximizing project throughput in your organization is further simplified in Sciforma 4.0 by Multiproject Synchronization with the identification of drum resources. These features are seamlessly integrated into Sciforma 4.0 to help speed up projects and ensure their success.

As a result, implementing CCPM with the Sciforma tool is simpler and requires less effort by the project team in both the planning and tracking phases of the projects. Specifically, using CCPM in Sciforma 4.0 will deliver the following benefits:
  • Faster completion of projects
  • Removal of multi-tasking of individuals and resources
  • Managing buffers to protect the Critical Chain and the project finish constraint
  • Effective decision making method and a simpler performance evaluation
  • Integration of both the human behavioral elements and algorithmic methods into an effective operating unit

“The CCPM methodology was implemented in Sciforma 4.0 by popular request from our customer base. In Sciforma 4.0, the project managers have a tool that will improve the planning and execution of projects, often resulting in their completion ahead of schedule and on or under budget” said Annabelle Stanton, vice president of sales and marketing for Sciforma.

Sciforma 4.0 CCPM Webinars

Sciforma also offers free webinars monthly on the Critical Chain methodology usage within their software. For more information or to register please visit the website to register.

Sciforma 4.0 implements critical chain project management

About Sciforma

Sciforma is one of the largest providers of Portfolio & Project Management software, delivering solutions to more than a quarter million users worldwide since 1982. The company offers flexible and easy-to-use multi-platform project management and project portfolio management software solutions. Businesses that have multiple projects from multiple clients (including internal customers) need to be able to prioritize efforts that will bring the best results to the company. The configurable Sciforma PPM solution provides project managers and executives the ability to analyze investments, plan capacity, manage risks, and control expenses better. For more information, visit: www.sciforma.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Sciforma.

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