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Being a manager in today’s competitive marketplace includes constant pressure to achieve more with less resources. One of the keys to meeting such demands is effectively addressing your bottlenecks and constraints.

In this program, international Theory of Constraints expert Lewis Trigger shares common sense, practical solutions drawn from the advanced management doctrine of Theory of Constraints, to address the challenges faced in project management. This experiential one-day workshop will provide you with a deeper understanding of this management tool, and you will be immersed in activities that will build your competence and confidence for successful project management.

Why the Critical Chain Project Management Program?

Individual Benefits

  • Focus corrective and preventative actions on what counts most
  • Shift your thinking from localised efficiency towards system effectiveness
  • Learn practical solutions for overcoming uncertainty
  • Improve your ability to meet project commitments including being within deadlines and on budget.
  • Understand how to focus management efforts and resource allocation for maximum impact
  • Enhance team work and job satisfaction.



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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

29 November, 2019
1 full day

UniSA Business School
City West Campus,
North Terrace, Adelaide 

Early Bird: $895

All management levels

What others are saying

"Within one month after we completed the training, the throughput of product through our production constraint has increased by 50%."

Andrew Meek

CEO of AWBell

What you can expect

In this one day program, there is an emphasis on the active involvement of the students. For part of the workshop, participants will be divided into workgroups, with each group being assigned a challenging area from at least one of the participants’ workplace. Each group will be required to illustrate the practical relevance of the learning to their nominated case study.

Group learning through open discussions is encouraged, and you will learn from case studies of organisations who have effectively used the Theory of Constraints methodology. A good working knowledge of the Theory of Constraints would be beneficial for attendees of this one-day course.

Course Outline

Managing the “Critical Chain”

  • An introduction to the Critical Chain approach to effectively manage in a multi-project environment
  • The value and innovative uses of Safety Buffers on a project’s critical path
  • The advantages of Project Buffers relative to Task Buffers
  • How Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR) can assist in a multi project environment.

Managing project bottlenecks

The five building blocks of constraint innovation are introduced, as these provide the steps for how to be effective as opposed to being efficient.

  • identifying the constraint
  • exploiting the constraint
  • subordinating to the constraint
  • elevating the constraint; and
  • identifying the new constrain.


This course is fully catered, including morning tea and lunch.

Learn from the experts

Lewis Trigger

Course Facilitator

Lewis is a recognised international expert in Constraint Innovation, that is based on the Theory of Constraints (TOC). Over the last 16 years, Lewis has extensive experience in sharing his expertise through workshops to many leading Australian organisations.

"Constraint Innovation is applicable to any organisation or system. It is all about unlocking value via leveraging the organisation’s constraints, be it operational, market, policy, or whatever obstacle there is that prevents the organisation from getting that much closer to its goal."


Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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