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.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
• Applying the Theory of Constraints Thinking Process to Medicine -- This online presentation is an excellent summary of the TOC Thinking Processes with examples from a medical environment. It includes a set of common medical conflicts (slide 29), a specific analysis of a medicine vs religion conflict (slides 30-45), bottleneck examples (slide 62), potential uses for the TOC replenishment/pull solution usually associated with Supply Chain Management (slide 67), patients as projects, practices as multi-project environments (slide 69), achieving buy-in of good medical advice for patient compliance (slide 71), and a comprehensive core problem and current reality tree for a hospital situation (slides 84-95). This is all interspersed with good introductory material about TOC, its applications, and its Thinking Processes, including a nice 2-slide comparison of TOC and traditional Decision Analysis (slides 101-102). As I've said elsewhere about TOC and Six Sigma...its an matter of logic versus data.
This presentation, by Stephen G. Pauker, MD, of Tufts-New England Medical Center, includes a great quote from Peter Drucker, that ties into some of the recentblog-based discussions on global/local perspectives and the need for holistic viewpoints in a variety of environments...
"What the worker needs is to see the plant as if he were a manager. Only thus can he see his part, from his part he can reach the whole" - Peter Drucker, The New Society (1950)
It's not only in industrial settings that TOC works. It's about the logical analysis, management, and improvement of any "complex" system.
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