Redefining “problem” (with Goal in mind)

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)

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

How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it

I believe most entrepreneurs started with a brilliant idea, a new product, a smart solution, new services... and the underlying desire to write a story on their own, not for a boss. The startupers then start up as the brilliant new offer needs funding and some structure to bring it to the world. But how … Continue reading How can Theory of Constraints help startups – Purpose, Goal and how to achieve it

Goal-Setting Theory and Goal Trees

Goal-Setting Theory states that goal-Setting, when done properly, is motivating. A Goal Tree complies to the requirements of a motivating goal-setting, here is why. Goal-Setting Theory According to Theory, Goal-Setting (and the underlying objectives) helps to focus onto the Goal and keep focused. Set Goals tend to increase effort in order to achieve them. Once Goals … Continue reading Goal-Setting Theory and Goal Trees

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

Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

This post is part of the series “why 5S fail”. Nobody is interested in housekeeping. This is particularly true in heavier industries with more male workforce, “housekeeping” is incompatible with (macho) pride and way beneath their dignity. They may not hesitate to manually lift heavy weights and handle greasy dirty parts, but would be reluctant … Continue reading Why 5S fail? Nobody is interested in housekeeping

12 tips for leading in a downturn

Slowdown, downturn, crisis, recession, words and condition that are around for some time now and for some businesses it seems to be the new normal. I witnessed several companies’ and their leaders’ reactions when facing difficulties and I’d like to share my list of dos and don’ts. Elevate your ambition When time is hard for … Continue reading 12 tips for leading in a downturn

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a Goal Tree

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

Continuous improvement: how easily focus is lost

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