The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems is the title of a december 04, 2018* episode of IdeaCast, the podcast from Harvard Business Review. In this episode, Curt Nickisch (HBR) interviews Corey Phelps, a strategy professor at McGill University and author. *I’ve listened the podcast in early April 2019 The interview on podcast and … Continue reading The Right Way to Solve Complex Business Problems
Tackle problems and improve when data are available and neatly displayed in a Pareto chart is the way everybody expect to go, but this is not so often the case. How to start in case of greater number of issues but very few data (read recording of sorts) about the problems exist and this few … Continue reading Solve problems and improve with few, messy data
Who can better explain what the Logical Thinking Process is if not his father? Bill Dettmer worked with Eli Goldratt applying the Thinking Processes (subtlety about the plural) but spotted some weak points he managed to elegantly mend. He finally came up with an integrated process for solving complex problems at system level and refuses … Continue reading What is this thing called the Logical Thinking Process?
Since the publishing of early books on Theory of Constraints, the world grew more complex and the system’s constraint got more and more elusive. Globalization and extended supply chains give a constraint opportunity to settle literally anywhere in the world and extend its nature. It can be a physical transformation process in a supplier’s facility, … Continue reading How to identify the constraint of a system? Part 4/5
Paris, October 17th, 2016. Ian Heptinstall, co-author of “The Executive Guide to Breakthrough Project Management, Capital & Construction Projects on-time in less time, on budget at lower cost without compromise” (full title), was there to deliver his conference on the subject. Before you turn away thinking this has nothing to do with my industry, you … Continue reading My takeaways from Breakthrough Project Management conference
Every once in a while, for nearly 30 years, the question arises: “what’s the next big thing after Lean?”, suggesting that the askers are done with Lean. We write July of 2016 and it seems that everybody is Lean now. Many people have been repeatedly exposed to Lean methods and tools, have been involved in … Continue reading We are all Lean now. What’s next?
For the second consecutive year (2016), June will be the month of the Logical Thinking Process with the return of Bill Dettmer for his intensive Logical Thinking Process (LTP) training in Paris, France. The idea of learning to think logically can make some smile, however, experience shows that the general population is not as rational … Continue reading June, the month of the Logical Thinking Process
Here are 10 signs pointing to the need to consider using the Logical Thinking Process in order to help you solve your complex problems and structure your transformation plan. Don’t know what The Logical Thinking Process is? >The Logical Thinking Process in a nutshell The Logical Thinking Process is a great help if You: do … Continue reading 10 signs you need consider Logical Thinking Process
When breaking down the Goal into Critical Success Factors (CSFs) and Necessary Conditions (NCs), the question soon arises: how deep should we dig to build the Goal Tree? There is no general answer to this question except: as deep as necessary to serve your purpose and as deep as necessary for you to feel comfortable … Continue reading How deep should a Goal Tree go?
The Goal Tree is a simple looking tool, great for focusing on the purpose or Goal and aligning all contributions toward the organization’s goal. As often with simple looking tools, its principle is simple but its construction and use can be tricky. How to get from Goal Tree to a concrete action plan is one … Continue reading How to get from Goal Tree to action plan