The Weyerhaeuser Company
Customized Training featuring "Moving to a Critical Chain Approach to Project Management"
The Weyerhaeuser Pulp Business has adopted a revenue growth strategy that requires the development
of specialty pulp products. The success of this strategy is directly influenced by the length of
time a new product spends in the R&D development process. Weyerhaeuser has adopted Critical Chain
resource management and scheduling techniques to minimize the time from product conception to
commercialization. Bluewater was asked to develop a project scheduling
training program that incorporated the principles of Weyerhaeuser's capital management
process, Microsoft Project 2000 and ProChain critical chain scheduling software.
Bluewater staff developed a two-day, customized training program that
incorporated the R&D Group's methodology and current project examples. The training combined
classroom lectures, hands-on computer exercises to practice scheduling techniques and a
review of current in-progress project schedules. The formal training was supplemented
by one-on-one follow-up sessions and help line support for the class participants.
The training was successfully completed. All of the active R&D projects have been
assigned a development priority and resource allocation is being co-coordinated
using the features of Microsoft Project and ProChain. The Pulp Business is
currently evaluating the application of critical chain planning and resource
management to other areas of the organization.
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