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This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.

Saturday, January 13, 2001

A couple of good friends of Focused Performance, Kathy Austin and Dick Peschke presented an excellent paper on How to build a TOC/Critical Chain Project Network at the 1999 APICS CMSIG Symposium. From the introduction of the paper . . .

"Every project has a network of required tasks. Many of them are "flow" networks rather than true "necessary condition" networks. Unfortunately, many of the current flow networks do not identify the hidden dependencies that are an obstacle to successful project completion. These obstacles, if not identified early in the project planning phase, will make themselves known in reality -- the worst time in a project to be able to successfully deal with them.

""Everyone" agrees a good project network is essential for successful project management; few know how to accomplish one. This presentation identifies the basic steps for creating a valid project network. While a valid project network is necessary for successful project management, by itself it is not sufficient. The presentation will emphasize (briefly) the additional cultural paradigm changes necessary to move to a successful Project Management --The TOC Way Implementation."

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Wednesday, January 03, 2001

Voting With Dots - This page is a compilation of a discussion thread on multi-voting. Its source is an email discussion group on facilitation in which I'm a participant. (You'll see my contribution in the section on "Caveats and warnings.") Despite my concern regarding the use of democracy over logic in the realm of problem solving and my preference for digging down into a rigorous analysis of what to change, the conversation does have a lot of good stuff. I particularly like the use of "voting with dots" to bring out disparate views of the situation by highlighting single dot choices. This use could be a good way of soliciting "yes, buts" as the outlier votes are discussed. Comments? -- fp

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