The Logical Thinking Process: An Executive Summary by H William Dettmer
posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 4 Stars. This means that it is Good and Well Worth Reading.
Notice “An Executive Summary” in the title. This is very much an introduction to a topic brilliantly covered by the author’s much more extensive book, also called The Logical Thinking Process.
At the bottom of the page is a video by the author, explaining the differences between his process and that originally developed by Eli Goldratt.
Here is my book review.
Very useful overview of Goldratt’s thinking processes
The author has written an excellent book explaining how to use the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes. However, if you learn a little, you can easily get scared off by the strange terminology in the original thinking like Evaporating Clouds and Current Reality Trees. [continue reading…]
I am a big fan of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and how it can be applied throughout a business to improve results.
It started on the factory floor with the challenge of how jobs could be better scheduled to reduce lead times AND inventory levels. It has moved throughout the business. In the business novel It’s Not Luck, Eliyahu Goldratt introduced us to both TOC for marketing and the TOC thinking processes.
The person who has made most progress with TOC Marketing is Dr Lisa Lang and her work on Mafia Offers (those customers can’t afford to refuse).
Here is a video of a re-recording of a presentation she made at an internal conference on TOC.
I have found a longer presentation she did at the 2016 TOCICO conference on the same theme.
I will be posting more of her videos on using the theory of constraints for marketing.
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The full title of this book by H William Dettmer is
“The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving“.
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rate the book at the FIVE Stars level, this means that I consider it to be excellent.
Here is what I posted.
A clear explanation of TOC Thinking Processes
On the one hand, the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes can be powerful tools for investigating the current situation and identifying vital ways to improve the system in ways to meet the goal. On the other hand, they can be daunting to prepare and/or to understand because of the acronyms, unusual terminology and complexity of both the diagrams and their underlying rules. [continue reading…]
The Theory of Constraints (TOC), as originally developed by Eliyahu Goldratt and introduced to the world in the business novel “The Goal“, has produced some remarkable successes in big companies, showing huge improvements in the three main measurements:
More Throughput (T) – this is effectively increasing sales less the direct cost of sales without any questionable apportionment of shared costs.
Lower Operating Expenses (OE) – reducing the other costs of the business.
Lower Inventory and Investments (I) – reducing the money tied up in the business whilst also improving due date performance and cutting lead times.
This has been achieved by focusing improvement efforts on the main constraint or the weakest link in the chain. Quite simply, this is where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.
Just to be clear, a constraint is something that stops you from reaching your goal. For example, consistent customer service problems may stop a business from reaching its goal to increase profit. [continue reading…]
The full title of the book written by Eliyahu Goldratt and with Ilan Eshkoli and Joe Brownleer is
“Isn’t It Obvious?: A Business Novel on Retailing Using the Theory of Constraints“.
In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated the book at the FOUR Stars level which means I think it is good to very good.
Here is what I wrote.
TOC in a retail setting with wider lessons
This is another business novel explaining the ideas behind the Theory Of Constraints. To make it a snappier read, Eli Goldratt worked with screenwriters who were well used to regularly revising their work.
It is based on a retail business in home textiles in the US. I can’t remember the exact numbers but there are about 100 stores organised into about 10 regions. [continue reading…]
Six Lessons: My Sixty-Minute Masterclass with Eli Goldratt
In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars, meaning Worthwhile.
Here is my book review.
This is a transcript of an interview with Eliyahu Goldratt, drawing out lessons from “Isn’t It Obvious” which looked at retailing.
Inevitably given the format, it is a bit of a clunky read in places. People don’t tend to talk in as structured a way as they write. It starts by highlighting three lessons from the book and then goes on to find another three. [continue reading…]
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