It happens almost every time I facilitate a Goal Tree building seminar: Tree builders rush to the post-its and start writing down their ideas as it was a brainstorming. Hold on! Building a Goal Tree is a logical analysis, certainly not a brainstorming! A Goal Tree is built with a logical analysis A Goal Tree … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A logical analysis, not a brainstorming
I use to say that one of the benefits of the Goal Tree is to provide a project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to roll out the project, or the Goal Tree to be used ahead of a new project planning to ensure that no step was forgotten. With experience accumulating, I can confirm this to … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – From Goal Tree to project WBS. Yes but.
It happens almost every time, I facilitate the building of a Goal Tree, bring the group of Tree builders to build the Tree which is the roadmap and benchmark altogether for reaching the organization’s Goal, and when we color this Tree to assess where the organization currently stands, the Goal Tree is depressingly amber and … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Where to start when almost all Prerequisites are missing?
Bill Dettmer, the “father” of the Goal Tree keeps repeating “A Goal Tree well-built remains valid until the business environment changes or the way the organization is doing business changes significantly". Indeed, in times of instability and disruptions, business owners or CEOs may feel that some significant change happened in business requiring to rebuild a … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – Your Current Reality changed, not your Goal
Readers of my blog interested in the Goal Tree may think this fabulous tool is for strategy deployment only. They may have read that a strategic Goal Tree is valid as long as the business environment does not dramatically change, this means years or even tens of years in some activities. So why should one … Continue reading Goal Tree: not for strategy only
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
Dear subscribers and regular visitors of this blog, you may have noticed over time the growing number of posts related to this fabulous logic tools called the Goal Tree. In order to facilitate navigation and tidying up my blog, I've created a specific category for Goal Tree-related posts as well as a category for the Goal … Continue reading Summer blog “logical” cleanup
In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick
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?
A common mistake for newcomers to the Goal Tree is to understand the tree structure as a hierarchical system, with the most important Necessary Conditions on the top - the closest on the Goal - and the least important at the bottom of the tree, farther away from the Goal. In fact, the relative position … Continue reading Goal Tree Chronicles – A hierarchy in time, not of importance