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

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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

Goal Tree: is it worth it?

Depending the methodology, building a Goal Tree requires some time and attention from top management. The one I am thinking of is typically a two to two and half day seminar (when led by an expert). Therefore the Chiefs often hesitate to invest this time as they are already overbooked and question the necessity of … Continue reading Goal Tree: is it worth it?

Goal Tree explained by Bill Dettmer

A Goal Tree, sometimes still referred to as Intermediate Objective Map or IO Map, is primarily a Thinking Processes tool, itself a kind of subset of the Theory of Constraints. The top of the Goal Tree is a strategic planning tool while going down to its bottom links strategy to operations. In this video, Bill … Continue reading Goal Tree explained by Bill Dettmer

Goal Tree chronicles – The hamster and the tree

Companies in nowadays competition need proactive and engaged people, yesteryear managers are expected to turn into leaders. Despite this general truth and the logical demonstration of required change, some managers just stick to their cosy routine: the hamsters. In this post: How a “hamster” manager refuses to embrace change required by robust logical analysis At … Continue reading Goal Tree chronicles – The hamster and the tree

From Goal statement to Goal achievement

From Goal statement to Goal achievement The complete process The complete process from Goal statement to Goal achievement uses a Goal Tree. A Goal Tree starts with the Goal statement and Goal statement is top management’s/owner’s legitimate task. Once the Goal clearly stated, top management must state the few Critical Success Factors. Critical Success Factors … Continue reading From Goal statement to Goal achievement