What keeps TOC confidential? (and me angry)

It is one of the frustrations for Theory of Constraints (TOC) enthusiasts: why is their beloved business philosophy so barely known? No other, neither Lean nor Six Sigma had such a visible high-flying banner like “The Goal”, the (probably) first business novel*, sold over 6 million copies so far. If readers have been so many … Continue reading What keeps TOC confidential? (and me angry)

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Critical Chain and Lean Engineering, a promising pair

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) has proven its effectiveness to terminate projects on time and even quite often before estimated finish date. In development, engineering or Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), using CCPM can give a significant competitive advantage. It can outperform slower competitors, earn premium for faster achievement and/or allow multiplying projects within similar … Continue reading Critical Chain and Lean Engineering, a promising pair

How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it

I believe most entrepreneurs started with a brilliant idea, a new product, a smart solution, new services... and the underlying desire to write a story on their own, not for a boss. The startupers then start up as the brilliant new offer needs funding and some structure to bring it to the world. But how … Continue reading How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it

What are Categories of Legitimate Reservation?

Categories of Legitimate Reservation (CLR) are rules for scrutinizing the validity and logical soundness of Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes logic trees and diagrams. As with most of simple looking methods and tools, it is easy to get trapped or misuse the seemingly simple logical tools proposed by the Thinking Processes. In order to prevent … Continue reading What are Categories of Legitimate Reservation?

How Lean can help startups – Do not repeat mistakes of established companies 2/2

Entrepreneurs, at the beginning of a new venture, have limited means and therefore should be waste-aware in order not to spoil their so limited resources. >Have you read part one? Waste is a central Lean concept widely known and documented. Here is the minimum to know about waste: Waste is consuming resources without value creation. … Continue reading How Lean can help startups – Do not repeat mistakes of established companies 2/2

How Lean can help startups – Do not repeat mistakes of established companies 1/2

If there is one way Lean can help startups, it is to provide guidance or "Lean inspiration" from the very beginning and prevent them reproducing the same mistakes of long-established companies. >Lisez cet article en français Most established businesses are built on an outdated model in most cases: the mass production of low variety products, … Continue reading How Lean can help startups – Do not repeat mistakes of established companies 1/2

Why secret weapons can’t remain secret 

A secret weapon, in its metaphorical or literal meaning, is a means that trumps the actual known ones. It brings a decisive advantage to its user/owner, is more effective and... unknown. A secret weapon will create a surprise and grant its user a favorable opportunity to exploit,  and if exploited properly can lead to victory. … Continue reading Why secret weapons can’t remain secret