Critical Chain Project Management Advanced Training

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You have already implemented the Critical Chain methodology and you would like to deepen your knowledge. This training is for you!


If you underwent our initial training (see details here) or if you have, at least partially, implemented Critical Chain Project Management, this training aims at enhancing your expertise. The training will be hosted by Philip Marris, CCPM expert with a unique experience of successful Critical Chain implementations worldwide who started his Theory of Constraints in 1986 when he worked with Eliyahu Goldratt. 


  • The advanced project scheduling with Critical Chain 

How do we create standard CCPM schedules? How can we deal with "gaps" in a Critical Chain or how can we handle nearly critical chains? Which modelling principles should be adopted? Which granularity should be applied to tasks? How can we monitor a whole program with several Critical Chains corresponding to different deliverables? How can we work the  "Rolling Wave Planning" way? How can we strengthen risk management? How do we choose the right Critical Chain, rather than only observing its existence? 

  • Projects portfolio management with the Critical Chain methodology

The staggering of projects according to the capacity constraint or to the "virtual drum". The "freezing" of projects, or how do we reduce temporarily the number of on-going projects. How can we priorize the projects in a portfolio? How do we control the risk of a domino effect between projects? How should we act if the capacity constraint is not the right resource?

  • How do we handle our sub-contractors?

Except in cases of really mature partnerships, a sub-contracted task cannot be scheduled and executed as an internal task. What is the right solution?

  • How should we communicate with our customers?

If a customer is not familiar with the CCPM methodology, Critical Chain projects schedules must be "translated" so they are understandable and acceptable for the customer. How should we proceed?

  • How can we drive the continuous improvement actions? 

How can we use the buffer consumption analysis to identify the most pertinent actions that should be implemented? How do we discriminate added-value tasks against non added-value tasks?  How is it possible to optimize once again the tasks durations?

  • Lean Engineering and Critical Chain

The Critical Chain enables you to finish faster your new products development projects, and finish them on time. And Lean Engineering helps developping better products. How can we combine both of them?

  • Agile and Critical Chain

How can we combine these two methodologies and obtain the best of each of them?

  • Which software should be chosen for a given environment?

How do we choose among the dozen of CCPM software solutions available? Which features vary between the different solutions? What are the interface and I.T. Enterprise Architecture issues when integrating CCPM software into an existing environment?

  • How can we monitor projects more efficiently?

Micro and macro multitasking. Mascots in a multiprojects environment. Managing resources with different level of versatility. What rules and level of discipline should be applied?

  • To better manage the managerial impact

To put under positive stress the teams. The new role of the Project Manager. The new role of the Project Management Office. The role and duties of the top management. How do we deal with a priority project imposed in the portfolio? How can we handle the ramp up as projects execution accelerates?


To find more about our implementation examples : Our case clients 

Marris Consulting has trained more than 1,200 people these last 6 years, from various horizons : ArcelorMittal, Areva, Arkema, Autoliv, Bayer, Bosch, Embraer, Essilor, Fresenius Vial, GSK, Infineon, Ipsen, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lilly, Louis Vuitton, Merial, Novartis, Pierre Fabre, Procter & Gamble, Pyrex, Nexter, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Salzgitter-Mannesmann, Schlumberger, Seb, Siemens, SKF, Thales, Visteon, Yves Rocher & Zodiac Aerospace...

Extract of the training


14th of May 2020 (en)
Being reprogrammed

22nd of October 2020 (fr)

CCPM Initial training

Initial training the day before
the Advanced training


Tower Maine Montparnasse,

27th floor, Paris 75015

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Philip MARRIS, Founder and CEO of Marris Consulting - 28 years of TOC experience


(Training activity recorded in France
under n° 11 75 45692 75)



1) Presentation of 3 completely different Critical Chain cases

2) The Advanced project scheduling with CCPM

3) Projects portfolio management with the Critical Chain methodology

4) Management of sub-contractors and other stakeholders

5) Communication with customers

6) Focused continuous improvement

7) Critical Chain, Agile and Lean Engineering

8) Comparison of CCPM software solutions

9) The managerial impact with the Critical Chain methodology




  • Know how to further improve results after an initial Critical Chain implementation
  • Know how to fully integrate the Critical Chain methodology in the processes and management practises




  • 1 day
  • 950 € ex-VAT, lunch included, for the French sessions
  • 1 200 € ex-VAT, lunch included, for the English sessions
  • This day can be financed by the French training system



Enjoy our offer and participate to our 2-days training sessions:

"Critical Chain initial training" + "Critical Chain training : Advanced"

  • 1400 euros ex-VAT, lunch included, for the French sessions
  • 1600 euros ex-VAT, lunch included, for the English sessions



  • Former participants to the Critical Chain initial training

  • Practitioner of Critical Chain project management

  • Project Manager, Portfolio Manager

  • R&D Director, Technical Director, Design Office Director, Innovation Director

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