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Knowledge Jolt with Jack

Theory of Constraints, knowledge management, personal productivity and many more topics

Last Build Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:45:18 +0000


Attention residue, task switching and multitasking

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:59:08 +0000

Want to be more effective in your work? Stop "just checking" those notifications. They drain your attention and slow you down.

Making your own future #TOCICO16

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:06:05 +0000

Steve 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.

Game to demonstrate CCPM #TOCICO

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:05:10 +0000

Dee 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.

Naturally motivating environments #TOCICO16

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:51:13 +0000

Henry 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.

Change management's hidden secret #TOCICO16

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 01:10:20 +0000

Kevin 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.

Updating the Projects S&T Tree #TOCICO16

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:51:35 +0000

Another 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.

Dynamic Strategy and Tactics Trees at #TOCICO16

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:24:59 +0000

John 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.

More notes from the #TOCICO16 conference

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:11:40 +0000

Along 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.

Adoption of TOC - Reflections of Sanjeev Gupta #TOCICO16

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:44:04 +0000

Sanjeev 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.

Rethinking CCPM at #TOCICO16

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:41:34 +0000

Rob 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.

Death of Field Sales #TOCICO16

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:03:50 +0000

Justin 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.

TOC education rethought #TOCICO16

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:38:28 +0000

Lisa Scheinkopf of Goldratt Schools discussed her thinking behind a different approach to bringing more and more people to learn TOC.

Dealing with uncertainty according to TOC #TOCICO16

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 04:08:12 +0000

Eli 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?  

Simplifying even with a lot of complexity #TOCICO16

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:56:33 +0000

How 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).  

Innovation using TOC #TOCICO16

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:42:21 +0000

One 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. 

Implementing TOC in Government #TOCICO16

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:17:08 +0000

Excellent 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.

It's all fine, really

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:40:06 +0000

What does it mean when you report a status of "fine" in your work or your project?  

The Goal - drawn and condensed

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:14:51 +0000

Two useful, easy to consume versions of The Goal are available... One a book and the other a one-page comic.

It's only millennials who multitask?

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:16:27 +0000

People 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.

The Human Constraint

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:30:46 +0000

The 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.