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This book is horrific from a literary perspective - shallow, predictable characters with almost soap-opera like qualities. Please ignore the slow start where these unimpressive characters are introduced.
This book is brilliant because of the way it weaves a deeper meaning and education of project management into a plausible and interesting plotline, which makes up for the characters that carry it.
This book is not for the uninitiated. It's chocked full of jargon and concepts that people who have never studied project management would never understand. For those who have had a course or two on project management or even a weeklong seminar and for whom project management is a reality, the book has a clarity and focus that reaches beyond anything I've seen in any period of instruction on the topic. However, you must speak the project management language to follow the gist of the book.
As someone who has managed projects for years and studied project management, this book helped me achieve a new level of thinking and analysing business models, assumption, problems, workflows and more.
This book is truly brilliant. Did I start out by saying its bad literature? It is. And it's brilliant!
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
I had high hopes that the multiple voice actors would mean a female would play the female parts and the two men would play the key characters from the book. I was disappointed. Some chapters were read by the female doing all parts and others were by one or the other men. There was one chapter where it sounded like the men changed mid-sentence. I loved the book and I can't wait to apply TOC to my projects but the recording really threw me for a loop.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If you don't know about the theory of constraints then you probably should. This book explains them in the context of project management.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
quite interesting story and explanation.
it gives a brief introduction to some basic principles which are mostly forgotten.
The narator is very good...it was a plesent lecture.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Critical Chain in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, enlightening and practical.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Critical Chain?
Milestones are not needed for teams.
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Practical explinations and real world examples of "out-of-the-box" thinking.
Any additional comments?
Please do not worry about the comments relating to the different readers. It does not matter one bit or take anything away from the content. Cannot rate this book high enough.
Storytelling is simplistic, but gets the job done. Shame different speakers voice the same characters in different sections.