Breakthrough Project Management has been developed by Ian Heptinstall and Robert Bolton.
The idea started in 2011 when Ian was intrigued by why an innovative approach to managing projects – Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) – despite spectacular success in many sectors, did not seem to have had the same impact in construction and major capital projects.
The answer boiled down to contracts. Organisations that had used CCPM to great success had direct control over most of the work done on the project. With capex and construction projects however, most of the work is outsourced.
The more we looked, the more we understood the issue. CCPM requires the whole project team to work as one collaborative group, following the philosophy of Harry S. Truman, that “It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”
However, the usual approach in major projects to selecting and contracting with the supply base pulls the project team in a completely different direction – the client can have a successful project even if the suppliers make a loss, and suppliers can make a profit even though the project sucks in the eyes of the client.
The use of collaborative selection and contracting on major projects would allow the team to use CCPM. This in turn would lead to the project being delivered much faster, using fewer resources, with a much more certain completion date, higher quality, lower risk, and at lower cost.
Could CCPM be the key to making collaboration a success in the construction industries? We believe so, and our aim in writing the book was to help spread the awareness of these techniques.
The initial idea of writing The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management came in the summer of 2014, when Robert and Ian were discussing the low levels of CCPM use on capex projects – at 30,000 feet, on a flight from Washington to Dubai.