Manage Multiple Projects on

TOC Principles with Epicflow

Single-project TOC-based solutions are inefficient for multi-project environments. The reason is simple: it’s almost impossible to apply a drum concept because there are almost no organizations where it’s stable.

That’s why we’ve created Epicflow – a powerful tool for managing multiple projects simultaneously that works according to CCPM principles.

Let’s Follow TOC Steps with Epicflow Together to See How That Works

1. Identify the Constraint 

For a single-project environment:

Find a critical chain

For a multi-project environment:

Recognize the resource overload

2. Exploit the Constraint 

For a single-project environment:

Use the Priority List to control the progress on the critical chain.

 

For a multi-project environment:

Maximize the output of your current constraint by comparing the capacity and output and taking actions to improve the situation.

3. Subordinate Everything Else to the Constraint 

Protect the progress on the critical chain by using the following features of Epicflow:

Use Task List and Task Card to see that the resource has an adequate amount of work (they’re not underloaded or overloaded) and that tasks are performed based on the priority coefficient.

We can see an upcoming task that can be started only after the previous one is finished. So, the most important thing is to make a resource work on the current constraint.

The approach is based on the roadrunner mentality or relay race principles: any activity should be started right after the predecessor activities are completed.

4. Elevate the Constraint 

Be flexible when it comes to work organization. Consider the load of all groups and then check out what you can do to balance the workload.

If a resource from group A is overloaded, and the one from B group is underloaded, you can put them in charge of the current tasks of the A-group constraint.

5. Find Your Next Constraint

Don’t let inertia rule your world but go back to step 1.

Success Cases

KPN, a Dutch telecom company

  • increased their efficiency by 21%
  • improved deliverability from 18% to 80%
  • halved their completion time
  • reduced their “red orders” by 80%

TKF, a Dutch company

producing building, industrial, and telecommunications solutions for the construction industry

  • increased their output by 200%
  • reduced lead time by 50% in 2 years

What our customers say about Epicflow:

Jan Mark Molenaar

Project Manager at De Keizer Marine Engineering BV

“Epicflow gives us much better proritization and shows what steps      should be taken to fulfill our projects.”

 

Hans de Boer

R&D Director, TKF

“We increased our output by 200% and reduced lead time by 50% in 2 years. We are also able to give our customers realistic commitments.”

 

Jan Tournois

Director at Pilz, Netherlands

“This product has given us a significant improvement in the amount of products we can deliver nowadays.”