Why the Goal Tree is more and more relevant

Command and control management style, based on standardized work and centralized decision-making, becomes increasingly irrelevant as more and more business environments become highly variable and the number and pace of decisions to make soar. What is required is autonomy and accountability as well as alignment on a well understood Goal. The Goal Tree is an … Continue reading Why the Goal Tree is more and more relevant

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Where I could have used a Goal Tree but didn’t know about the tool then

During the June 2016 Logical Thinking Process alumni reunion, Bill Dettmer asked the participants to share their "War Stories", i.e. experience with the Logical Thinking Process (LTP) and LTP tools. I came up with several short stories. In this excerpt, I recall I could have used a Goal Tree but didn't know the tool at … Continue reading Where I could have used a Goal Tree but didn’t know about the tool then

Goal Tree chronicles – The mafia goal

During the June 2016 Logical Thinking Process alumni reunion, I shared some of my experience on building and using Goal Trees. In the video excerpt here under I explain how I came across a probable hidden agenda leading to  what I call a "mafia goal". After listening to the story, Bill Dettmer gives his opinion about … Continue reading Goal Tree chronicles – The mafia goal

Goal Tree Chronicles – Why You should NOT use a model

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

Goal Tree Chronicles – Refrain from depicting the current reality

It is silly obvious but didn’t occur to me until I faced it: building a Goal Tree is NOT mapping the current processes, a Goal Tree is NOT made to depict the current reality! It happened while I tried to promote the Goal Tree as a tool to reengineer a process. Nothing very complicated but … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Refrain from depicting the current reality

Goal Tree is a Lean tool

This post title may sound provocative to all readers knowing the Goal Tree origins lay with Theory of Constraints and to hardliners of each philosophy wanting to keep their toolbox clean of “imported” tools, yet it won’t change the fact that a Goal Tree is a Lean tool. 1. Goal Tree as its name tells … Continue reading Goal Tree is a Lean tool

How Goal Tree Can Keep You from Failing Projects

For those following me on this blog or who went through some of the pages here know I am a big fan of Goal Trees. In this post, I explain how a Goal Tree can keep a project from failing. A Goal Tree is a Logical Thinking Process tool used to structure everything that is … Continue reading How Goal Tree Can Keep You from Failing Projects

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