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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:59:08 +0000Want to be more effective in your work? Stop "just checking" those notifications. They drain your attention and slow you down.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:06:05 +0000Steve Holt gave a talk entitled "Stay on the Red Curve by Making Your Own Products Obsolete." He touched on a lot of topics, but the general idea is that the competitive advantage linked to innovations (in product, service, etc) can only last so long for a business.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:05:10 +0000Dee Jacob (author of Velocity) provided a workshop of a game she has been developing over many years of practice in critical chain project management. I have looked around for games or simulations to help highlight the critical pieces of critical chain, and this is the best I've seen.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:51:13 +0000Henry Camp told a parable about his own experience in trying to motivate people, in particular his sales staff. I cannot do the story justice, so I won't. Henry is a great storyteller, and he's always given off a warm, humble-but-understanding vibe. Maybe that's his Louisville roots.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:10:20 +0000Kevin Kohls had a great talk on the topic of The "Bad Luck" Obstacle - Management Churn. Essentially, he is asking the question of how people who do TOC (or any other) implementations deal with the fact of life in organization: management moves around.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:51:35 +0000Another talk on Strategy & Tactics Trees at the conference came from Michael Hannan. In this presentation he suggested updating the current "projects" S&T Tree to be more universal to any project-delivery organization.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:24:59 +0000John Ricketts from IBM talked about his view that S&T trees should be dynamic, because the assumptions under which the S&T was built could change. One must be able to pivot as the underlying conditions change.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:11:40 +0000Along with the detailed posts I've written in the past few days, there are plenty of interesting ideas and hallway conversations. Here are some of those. And a few more posts after this one.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:44:04 +0000Sanjeev Gupta of Realization hosted a great conversation, describing his perspective on "what is TOC" (always an entertaining discussion) and what might be needed to improve the adoption of Theory of Constraints in business. The summary: TOC is not a philosophy. It is an operations management system based on three theorems.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:41:34 +0000Rob Newbold of ProChain (and author of a number of books on CCPM) has been thinking about updating the practice of CCPM around the planning and scheduling of CCPM projects. He presented four concepts that he's implemented, most of them seem reasonable. I don't know if they are all really needed though.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:03:50 +0000Justin Roff-Marsh has a serious passion for the sales function in business - reinventing and making it into a machine for growth. His talk at this TOCICO conference followed along this path.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:38:28 +0000Lisa Scheinkopf of Goldratt Schools discussed her thinking behind a different approach to bringing more and more people to learn TOC.
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:08:12 +0000Eli Schragenheim presented on "Managing Under Uncertainty in the TOC Way," expanding on the idea that we should never say, "I know." Nor should we think, "I don't know." How do we use what we DO know to help deal with uncertainty?
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:56:33 +0000How to break the global vs local conflict in organizations or systems that are very big (complex - or at least big enough that there is not time to fully understand the system).
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:42:21 +0000One of the challenges all along for TOC Thinking Processes has been the perception that it is very focused on Logic without connection to the more "human" elements. It's not accurate, of course. Rami Goldratt discussed this in the context of Kristen Cox's morning keynote at the TOCICO conference.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:17:08 +0000Excellent keynote by Kristen Cox on her journey (so far) of implementing Theory of Constraints in the Utah state government, from her position as the head of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:40:06 +0000What does it mean when you report a status of "fine" in your work or your project?
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:14:51 +0000Two useful, easy to consume versions of The Goal are available... One a book and the other a one-page comic.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:16:27 +0000People are notorious multitaskers - not just one age group. I see my mother respond to every ding and jingle of her phone or iPad. And my kids. And me. And many others. Change the behavior by teaching and showing and expecting different behavior.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:30:46 +0000The larger Theory of Constraints community has been a great source of business novels over the past year. My latest find is The Human Constraint by Angela Montgomery. The story was compelling, and I thought the approach to talking about the formal process was very light-handed with just enough to make me curious to find more.