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Sustainability: Moving from Common Sense to Common Practice
2016 International Conference
Leesburg, VA - National Conference Center

September 18th - 21st

A Way to Experience the Full TOC Project and Resource Management Workshop

Dee Jacob - CEO, VelosCT

Problem: When selling or gaining buy in to the TOC solution for project environments, it is often difficult to for the prospect to grasp the reality of the full transformative vision and benefits. After all, it is a great departure from today’s reality. Though we have good exercises to demonstrate the negatives of bad multi-tasking versus focused tasking (the Bead Game, the paper tearing exercise), it is hard to translate those exercises to the full benefits of the integrated solution and the full need for software. We can describe the elements and the proposed benefits, but the intuition of how it really can work is often lacking.

Solution: A number of years ago, I developed an experiential game that showed how project scheduling and synchronization, buffer management, task lists and resource management all worked together in the presence of variability to transform the environment. It is used as the penultimate exercise following the presentation of the elements of the solution.

Session: Attendees will experience the TOC Project And Resource Management Experience. Those who are contemplating or just beginning their journey in TOC project environment solution will gain an ah-ha of the full solution. Implementers and practitioners will be allowed to use the game as part of their tool kit in the own environment, crediting VelosCT, LLC as the source. A list of items necessary to run the exercise will be provided.

  1. Participant will understand how the buffers generate aligned information to the Task Manager, Resource Manager, Project Manager, Leadership.
  2. Participant will understand why Resource Managers would drive implementing the solution.
  3. Participants will understand the value of synchronization.

Dee Jacob has been at the forefront of TOC since 1988. At Procter and Gamble, she led some of the earliest continuous process DBR solutions, the first replenishment, and Critical Chain solutions. Joining AGI in 1991, Dee continued the development of Critical Chain and the associated Portfolio Management solution, thinking processes, and supply chain. A prolific educator at AGI, Dee has created material and taught the Jonah Program®, the Jonah’s Jonah Program®, and Technical Expert programs in Project Portfolio Management and Supply Chain Management. She is co-author with Suzan Bergland and Jeff Cox of Velocity; Combining Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance and a contributor to the TOC Handbook for AGI.

In 2013, Dee recently formed a new business, VelosCT, with her husband Bob to provide TOC based solutions focused on service, value, and our customers’ success. She is CEO. VelosCT has through new customer base, created opportunities to create both improved selling processes as well as expanded tools and education for Project Management, Supply Chain and Thinking Processes that bring service, value and success to its customers.

Dee has been at the forefront of working with major government and corporate clients – and solving the challenges of selling and creating rapid deployment models for success. She recently embarked on partnering with a small business initiative in her hometown.

In 2015, Dee formed a partnership to transform a small town landmark business into something new and exciting using the principles of TOC.

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