Two relatively similar ‘logical thinking ways’ exist and have almost the same names: the Logical Thinking Process and Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes. One may ask why two? and what differentiate one from another? The first in time were the Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes (TOC TPs, note the plural) that were initiated by Eli … Continue reading What differences between the Logical Thinking Process and Theory of Constraints’ Thinking Processes?
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?
A Goal Tree is a logical structure linking the Goal of the organization to all subordinate Necessary Conditions (NCs) to achieve the Goal. The top most NCs are called Critical Success Factor (CSFs) in order to highlight their importance: they are the last things to achieve in order to achieve the Goal. These CSFs should … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Why You should NOT use a model
Things moved on since Eli Goldratt’s revealed Theory of Constraints through his business novel and bestseller “the Goal”. Most of today’s processes are more complex than 30 years ago: supply chains are stretched over the globe, new products are launched more frequently and batches are changed more often, among others. Thus identifying the bottleneck or … Continue reading You are probably wrong when identifying your bottleneck
I was fortunate to interview Eli Schragenheim, well-known expert of Theory of Constraints, during his visit in our offices in Paris, October 2015. This interview is about the 6 questions to challenge, question, test or frame any new development of technology, product or service. These 6 questions are: What value does it bring? What current … Continue reading 6 questions to frame your brilliant development idea
The Logical Thinking Process Training Course is delivered by Bill Dettmer, a recognized expert within the community of Theory of Constraints (ToC). Bill has worked with Eli Goldratt and other prominent ToC community members. Here are 7 good reasons to attend the Logical Thinking Process training 1. Meet Bill Dettmer The first benefit of this training is … Continue reading 7 good reasons to attend the Logical Thinking Process training
Theory of Constraints (ToC) is among the three philosophies / approaches / methodologies with Lean and Six Sigma leading to tremendous success, but the only one with two frightening words out of the three of its name! When facing tough challenge or stuck in a crisis, the last thing anyone would look for is a … Continue reading Theory of Constraints is something great, except for its name
Thinking Processes in a nutshell Theory of Constraints (ToC) found its original application in industrial production and soon spread to any activity including a physical flow, e.g. administrative work. In this context it is relatively easy to understand physical flows and the existence of bottlenecks hindering the flow. Yet all constraints are not bottlenecks, i.e. … Continue reading Introduction to ToC Thinking Processes
If you have read Eli Goldratt’s bestseller business novel “The Goal”, you may remember the dice game (with matches) to explain the interdependencies and random problems in a process and why the throughput is lower than expected. Here is an online dice game simulator, nicely made with graphic reporting to analyze and explain how the … Continue reading ToC’s dice game as in “The Goal”
Welcome to my introduction to Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)! Critical Chain Project Management is a “new” approach to Project Management, with connections to the Theory of Constraints. While in the 1980s the production management changed from mainly local unit cost control to a holistic approach that encourages flow (Lean), the project management has not … Continue reading Introduction to Critical Chain Project Management