Bill Dettmer and Philip Marris discuss various aspects of the Theory of Constraints

I was fortunate to propose parts of this discussion to Bill Dettmer and Philip Marris, in November 2014 in Paris, and to record as they discussed. Among the topics: how the name “Theory of Constraints” generates rejection in the business community. The term “constraints management” is preferred by Bill Dettmer and Philip Marris. Philip points out problem … Continue reading Bill Dettmer and Philip Marris discuss various aspects of the Theory of Constraints

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Goal Tree Chronicles – from Goal to action plan in a couple of hours

In a previous post I described the utilisation of a Goal Tree to order ideas when working on a small project, a part of a project or an improvement plan. In another post I gave answer to the question "is it worth the time and energy invested?". In this post I share my own benchmarks … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – from Goal to action plan in a couple of hours

Goal Tree Chronicles – ordering ideas

It was a young brilliant manager in charge of a part of a big project. He perfectly knew what actions had to be achieved yet got lost and confused at some point. In order to put him on track again I proposed him to build a Goal Tree. A Goal Tree always looks simple until … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – ordering ideas

Start less, finish more

Four words of wisdom spoken by a manager in a department notorious for its long lists of actions (note I didn't write action plan) and promises but a lousy transformation rate. Looking closer on their usual way to solve problems or work on improvement revealed a common flaw in many organizations: the open loop. The … Continue reading Start less, finish more