Part 1: Understanding the Core Cloud for Supply Chain
In the recent webinar The Layers of Supply Chain Synchronization, Humberto touched upon several issues regarding TP for Supply Chain, and the two webinars presented on this page are the continuation of this discussion.
Webinar Part 1 is the exchange of views between Jelena and Humberto. Jelena presents her analysis of the Supply Chain Core Cloud – what is apparent it it and what is ‘between the lines’:
- looking in detail into the well-known assumptions behind the arrow B-D,
- making the analysis of the logical clusters,
- presenting and classifying more assumptions behind B-D.
Jelena and Humberto also discuss the need for more precision and disciplined thinking in working with TP.
Webinar Part 1 recording
The sound of Part 1 is not great at the start of the recording, but then gets better. The sound of recording of Part 2 is OK.
Webinar Part 2: Constraint, Thinking Processes and 5 Focusing Steps
Webinar Part 2 is an active discussion between Humberto, Jelena and Oded and important issues of:
- 5 Focusing Steps as a Thinking Process on its own,
- what is Constraint and what is not,
- difference between a Constraint and an Obstacle,
- the content and the meaning of each of 5 Focusing Steps in relations to specific Thinking Processes tools
- discussion about the difference between the TP tools that can be used for 5 Focusing steps in the process of developing a solution vs applying a solution.
Webinar Part 2 recording
Good session, Humberto. Layer 1 visibility is a neat description.
Great job, Humberto.
“It fills my heart with optimism and compassion to hear that the Elliot Strickland lecture is making such an impact.”
Elliot’s Mum, Zoe Strickland
TOCPA thanks Goldratt Japan, the Japanese regional company of Goldratt Consulting, for their project to put Japanese subtitles on the presentation and disseminate it in Japan in order to share Debi Robert’s experience and knowledge to help people who are facing crisis situation.
In continuation of the discussion
Hi Andrew, I really enjoyed your presentation this evening. You may remember me; we met briefly in Chicago at TOCICO. I worked for more than thirty years in the Telecoms environment in diverse Service Management, Operations, Project Management and Transformation roles. I really understand and appreciate the concrete nature of the issues and obstacles that you highlighted. (I have some of the scars to prove it.) I also spent 8 years as an independent consultant mainly on public service transformation. In 2004, I implemented CCPM in Telecom Eireann in conjunction with Kevin Fox, Ray Immelmann and Sanjeev Gupta. We deployed the Concerto product. Since then I have judiciously applied TOC principles and some Lean Six Sigma over the years but always trying to apply sound project management principles. Often apart from brief reference to bottlenecks or applying the Cloud and PRT, I may not mention TOC at all except to a vital few. Service environments can be very challenging. – High variation, high touch time and often no awareness of the concept or importance of process.
The main point of my question was that many discussions and papers on CCPM seem to centre on in the detail estimating tasks times, buffers etc. essentially trying to manage within the noise, without appreciating fully the importance of Project Organisation, Stakeholder Management, Risk planning and risk Management (as opposed to variance management, for which I think buffers do a reasonable job.
Great job and thank you.
After 30 years of working with TOC and the TP, in all manner of organisations right around the world, it would appear that some people think I might have something to say. Currently I would describe myself as semi-retired, a writer, and essayist with a blog, a Benedictine Oblate, a coach and mentor, a spiritual director, chaplain to both Police and Fire Service but most often, husband, father and grandfather – truly wonderful. Eli once said to me that grandchildren are the gift you get for not killing your kids! I would agree with him that holding your first grandchild exceeds that of holding your first child. A legacy truly passed on.
I might also mention being an ex sailor, ex rugby player, ex academic, ex soldier as a radar engineer but they are all behind me now. It’s what lies ahead that is exciting, living life in crescendo!
Webinar 2: The power of Transition Tree
21 February 2019
When I met Oded and Jelena back in 2018 Oded observed that I was one of a very small group of people still using the Trt and yet surely as a powerful tool contained within the TP it should be more widely used – after all it has so many applications.
Where did my interest in the Trt begin?
During the Jonah Programme – the second TP example at Ashridge in 1991, I attended with many of the TOC community in the UK at the time and stayed with my friend David Marks who lived close by. When the Trt was presented we both struggled with it and so, on the way back to David’s home, we decided to think about the course we were running the following week for IBM teaching them about manufacturing. As David went through the four days of the course, working our way through the structure we had used for some time, I quickly realised that he was talking a Trt even if neither of used that structure!!!
So maybe it had some merit after all!!!
The email exchange between Ted Hutchin and Celso Calia
22 Feb 2019
Hello Celso, good to hear from you after all these years and thank you for your kind comments. I believe in the concept of inherent simplicity, a phrase used by Eli as you know and which should have remained the title of the book that eventually came out as The Choice. I try to seek this idea of inherent simplicity in all that I do and that includes using the TP for my work and my writing. Not always easy to achieve but, when I do manage, always highly rewarding!
I have sent the presentation to Jelena and Oded so you should have it fairly soon I hope but I have attached it just in case. Us old TOC hands always share our knowledge without question. I am happy to answer any questions you might have especially in helping people to learn how to use these tools. Whilst I know the Trt has fallen away, I also believe that there are some who question the use of the Cloud which I find equally strange, and slightly disturbing as I consider the Cloud to be one of the great tools for analysis but as in all the TP tools there must be great teachers as well as great practitioners.
Always happy to help if you need me
take care my friend
25 Feb 2019
First of all, thanks for sending the material of your presentation.
For 29 years I and the ones who work with me, use TP from the diagnosis of the prospect till the construction and the implementation of the solution. I certified around 300 professionals in the Jonah Program, few ones in the Jonah´s Jonah Program where I teach TrT but still, you´re right, we always neglected the TrT – unfair, I never gave real merit to it. That´s why I became interested to see your seminar. You´ve changed my mind, We will start using it to write the main procedures. There is one TrT that I like which describes, in detail, the process to build UROs. It is an old stuff. Old but brand new !! Have you seen it?
Well, let´s keep in touch. Best regards.
A letter to TOCPA from Petr Žitník with a TrT pdf
16 Apr 2019
greetings from Prague.
I would like to thank you for your arranging of interesting TOC webinars via TOCPA website.
For example, I appreciate the recent Ted Hutchins‘ webinar considering the very useful TOC TP tool, the Transition Tree.
Very easy to use, yet very powerful tool, however a bit forgotten.
I learned TOC TP at Washington State University from dr. James Holt in his EM 526 class in 2010.
Please find enclosed one of my homeworks.
It is a PRT and some TTs summarizing The Choice book from Eli.
I would like to ask you for forwarding this file to Ted Hutchin as my „thank you“ gift for the webinar.
Of course, you can use the material for any purpose you would find useful within the frame of TOCPA or your other TOC activities.
Very good session. Well done Ted
Is the lack of use of the transition tree due to the decrease in satisfaction that comes from being too certain of the outcome? That is by fully planning something out we lose the thrill of winging it?
I was never taught TrTs but taught myself about them anyway and use them for writing books. as well as before making major moves. I agree with Ted that it is a great tool. Although I am only one person and one who might be called good at “winging it,” I am an example that challenges the assertion that people are using the tool less. Great presentation! I was relieved to be using the TrT correctly, which I had worried about.
Great webinar! A Big hug to my mentor Ted, in Maindenhead, 1996!
Love that I keep learning new things from Ted! Very well done, my friend!
Webinar 1: Inherent Simplicity of TOC/TP, A road travelled
10 October 2018
This webinar is the result of a comment I made on the TOC Practitioners Worldwide forum on Facebook. It was suggested that others might like to know a little more about my observations about using TOC/TP for organisational and personal relationships. To do that requires a little more background, and even more about my evolving use of the TP and why I find it to be an excellent tool for understanding and communication. So, something about my journey, something about my use of the TP to tell the story of those I am working with, a story they tell and I capture. And some reflections about where I am and where I might think I am heading with new ways of using the TP for understanding and communication.