Don Humpert

    Don Humpert

    April 19, 2017
    Track 2

    TITLE: A Different Perspective on Critical Chain Project Management

    In this session, Don will share insights from his recently completed doctoral dissertation research. Hundreds of articles in the popular press and on the Web are consistent with the “common sense” notion that project work is stressful. However, very little formal research has been published in this area; and no research to date has been done to determine the effect of using specific project management methods on stress in project settings. For his doctoral dissertation research, Don measured the relationships between five key elements of CCPM and four industrial-organizational psychological constructs. In addition to stress, Don assessed the effects of CCPM on motivation, commitment, and the quality of leader-member relationships. Don will discuss his findings and present implications of his research.

    Presentation Agenda Overview

    • Introduction to the core problem: stress
      • Stress in project settings: the usual suspects
      • Common prescriptions for mitigating stress

    • Introduction to the possible solution: CCPM
      • Key factors

    • What we also know about other constructs and why it’s relevant
      • Motivation
      • Commitment
      • Leader-member relationships

    • The nature of the study

    • Findings

    • Conclusions

    • Implications

    • Discussion and Q&A


    Over the span of a 20+ year military career, Don Humpert served as a military engineer in a variety of staff and command billets. In his follow-on tour from the Naval Postgraduate School, he was assigned as an operations analyst at Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM), Albany, Georgia, where he championed the successful implementation of Critical Chain project management at the Maintenance Depot. As a result of adopting the Critical Chain methodology and other best practices, the Maintenance Depot went on to win the Department of Defense’s Robert T. Mason award in 2005 and 2007, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) International Certification Organization’s (TOCICO) Excellence Award in 2008, and the Robert Fox Race to Excel Award in 2009. After his tour at LOGCOM, Don served in additional staff and command positions in the US and abroad, culminating in a Pentagon assignment as the Headquarters Marine Corps advocate for Aviation Ground Support matters. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2009.

    After his military career, Don established a management consultancy combining tools based on Theory of Constraints (TOC) methods and philosophy with industrial-organizational best practices. He is also an Associate Project Director for Goldratt Consulting.

    Don holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Colorado, a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands, a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix. He is earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies in 2015. Don is also a certified analytics professional (CAP; INFORMS lic.#1075).

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