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Knowledge Jolt with Jack

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

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Focus via Henrik Kniberg

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:04:42 +0000

I came across a great illustration by Henrik Kniberg, summarizing a talk he did recently on the topic of how to create and maintain focus.  The blog post is a set of short commentary, all revolving around the three points illustrated: Create slack; Say no; Stop thinking, "I don't have time".

Information Overload Awareness Day 2016

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:18:32 +0000

It's 18 October 2016, and it is the annual occurrence of Information Overload Awareness day. It's not like we forget we are overloaded every other day of the year.

Seducing Strangers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:28:47 +0000

Advertising is not a topic I normally worry about, but somehow the topic of "Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling" by Josh Weltman goes beyond just about advertising.  I like to think that this topic can be thought of beyond purely advertising into other areas where one might need to get people to "buy."

Really fast construction - it can be done

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:02:58 +0000

The project management community like to point to examples of really bad project management. Every once in awhile, there are examples of extremely good project management as well. These are all videos, but they get the story across

Never say "I know" - the heart of improvement loops

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:59:57 +0000

What does "continuous improvement" mean?  What does it mean to you?  There is a strong connection to humility and acknowledging that "I don't know".  Or at least, I have more to learn.

We are our contexts

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:41:22 +0000

I've always thought the idea of context was interesting.  Johanna Rothman thinks so too, "We all start from our own contexts."

Lean and TOC really do have a lot in common

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:06:04 +0000

Depending on who you talk to and where you listen, the Lean and Theory of Constraints communities are either close partners or opposing players in the "continuous improvement" arena.  But from my perspective they are much closer to being friendly than opponents.

Blissful attachment

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:54:25 +0000

Ajai Kapoor has a nice piece on LinkedIn Pulse where he says, "Please STOP planning ... Really."  He recounts the familiar challenge of plan / don't plan.  Plan because we want to direct our efforts into the right places to achieve some goal.  But don't plan because plans never survive contact with the enemy.

Project planning with CCPM

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:57:44 +0000

Mike Dalton has a nice series of articles on project management in Industry Week (and copied to LinkedIn Pulse).  "Are Your Plans Realistic & Robust?" entry is on planning and using the CCPM approach to construct a plan.

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.