Most companies, big or small, have a strategy, a plan for the coming year(s) with a set of high-level objectives and probably a Goal still to be achieved. Some of these plans are fairly elaborate, other less so and many are more intuitions expressed in broad lines and in rather informal mode. What executives often … Continue reading The benefits of fresh eyes on company’s strategy
Subscribers to my blog or regular visitors may have noticed my deep interest in this powerful logic tool called Goal Tree. I have already posted numerous articles about it and have a special section here to share my experience: the Goal Tree Chronicles. With this post I’d like to offer a more direct insight, straighter … Continue reading Leaders, here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree for your Strategy Deployment
I started publishing on the Internet in 1998 with the available means at that time. My undertaking had several purposes and expected benefits, but it was all intuition and nothing thoroughly planned. Years after, knowing the Goal Tree and being fan of the Logical Thinking Process, reflecting about my author debut, I wondered if a … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles: can I have more than one goal?
Top managers discovering the Goal Tree frequently ask what input they must give and how “deep” they should commit themselves, where is the point of handover to lower ranking managers? In this article I remind some basics about the Goal Tree as well as the necessity for top management to define the Critical Success Factors. … Continue reading Goal Tree: Why must top management define the Critical Success Factors?
In problem solving or continuous improvement workshops a problem is usually defined as a gap between the actual situation and the desired situation, and thus a problem causes an unsatisfactory situation or an UnDesirable Effect (UDE). This definition, while true, is somewhat too vague to be useful when working on solving problems and continuous improvement. … Continue reading Redefining “problem” (with Goal in mind)
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
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
Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a well-known KPI in many industries for nearly forty years in western countries. It reflects overall performance in a single number, and is built upon or integrating three other metrics: Availability, Performance and Quality. Availability is the readiness of the machine / equipment to operate when required Performance is the … Continue reading Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a Goal Tree
In an industrial environment improvement opportunities are literally infinite, especially if nothing has been done so far about improvement and maturity, about industrial best practices and considering methodologies like Lean, Theory of Constraints (ToC) or Six Sigma was nearly nonexistent. When starting to improve, it happens quite often: committed people get lost and lose focus. … Continue reading Continuous improvement: how easily focus is lost
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