March 2017 Dinner Event – Critical Chain Project Management: Applying Lean Principles to Schedule Planning and Execution

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Date/Time: Tue, March 14, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Location: Switzer Student Center – Schw013
University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Topic: Critical Chain Project Management: Applying Lean Principles to Schedule Planning and Execution
Come to learn if Critical Chain Project Management could provide you or your organization a competitive advantage in managing your next critical project. This discussion explores the fundamentals of Critical Chain and the change management opportunities and challenges inherent in its application.

Just like a factory has inherent waste and variation due to machine or human inefficiencies, a schedule driven project, design, proposal, or other knowledge based team has inherent inefficiencies in their execution schedule due to resource or time mismanagement.

Using Critical Chain scheduling and behavior techniques, a schedule driven team can achieve significant acceleration and predictable performance. Critical Chain scheduling techniques establish a quantified schedule margin, then Critical Chain behavior techniques are established to protect and manage that schedule margin by developing a project management environment using unambiguous prioritization and communication to exploit every acceleration opportunity.

Critical Chain provides an integrated methodology to utilize these common sense practices that are usually lost in schedule management. The challenge is not in the cost, implementation time, or even technical complexity. Rather, the challenge is in the change management of leaders and team members to know and abide by the run rules to make the application of Critical Chain successful.

Speaker Biography: Rex A. Beach, Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, IN
Rex is part of the Operational Excellence team supporting Manufacturing and Repair Operations at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Service (IIS) in Indianapolis, IN. Rex supports process improvements, process documentation, metrics, and operations support. Rex also supports continuous improvement activities across all functions at the site as a Raytheon Six Sigma Expert (Black Belt) since 2003. Rex has led improvement projects ranging from depot repair operations, production, proposal development, software development and support, human resources, and other support functions and processes.

Prior to becoming a Raytheon Six Sigma Expert, Rex was a Raytheon Project Manager for 5 years for Airborne Radar Repairs, Aircraft Wiring, and other projects and spent 15 years as an Engineer in the Engineering and Quality organizations of the legacy US Navy organizations at the Indianapolis site.

Rex holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rose Hulman, MS in Interdisciplinary Engineering with concentration in Industrial Engineering and Statistics from Purdue University (IUPUI), and an MBA in Operations and Management from Indiana University (IUPUI). Rex has been a certified ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt since October 2007.

5:30pm Checkin
5:45pm Workshop
6:00pm Dinner and Networking
7:00pm Presentation