Supply Chain Glossary - C

Supply Chain Glossary - C

crew size

The number of people required to perform an operation. The associated standard time should represent the total time for all crew members to perform the operation, not the net start to finish time for the crew.

In the theory of constraints, the longest route through a project network considering both technological precedence and resource contention constraints in completing the project. Where no resource contention exists the critical chain would be the same as the critical path. See: critical path.

In the theory of constraints, a network planning technique for the analysis of a project's completion time, used for planning and controlling project activities. The critical chain, which determines project duration, is based on technological and resource constraints. Strategic buffering of paths and resources is used to increase project completion success. See: critical chain, critical path method.


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