The TOCICO invites you to the premier event of the New Year!
Do not miss this opportunity to significantly increase your TOC knowledge and network with practitioners, academics and consultants from all over the world!
These 2 and 4 day Intensive Labs, taught by world leaders in the Theory of Constraints (TOC) community, are ideal for those who want to gain an entirely new level of knowledge so that they are actually utilizing the specific TOC processes, not just watching them on a video or reading about them out of a book.
The overriding goal for these Intensive How-To Labs is for each participant to leave the conference with actionable knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to move forward with that new knowledge. Dr. Goldratt, the creator of TOC, was a Physicist and the Theory of Constraint is based on science. Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend 2 or 4 days in intensive training to finally understand TOC and start applying it to your business or organization.
Click on category titles to see Conference Workshop descriptions and dates:
Coming up with the Next Business Innovation Breakthrough (February 9 & 10) Facilitator: Yishai Ashlag, Goldratt Consulting
Over time markets can become saturated, and products and technologies mature. To stay in the game, companies must continuously develop new value propositions for their markets. To assure a company’s livelihood, new value propositions must be real breakthroughs. The companies that are unable to differentiate are relegated to fighting for business based almost exclusively on price.
Breakthroughs are typically linked to the ingenuity of one unique entrepreneur. For example, the success of Apple is associated with its legendary founder, Steve Jobs. If we are not going to challenge this perception, we may unavoidably leave many powerful ideas for breakthrough innovation unexploited. Maybe there is no substitution to ingenuity of the one, but this does not mean that there is a lack of good ideas that can yield the next breakthrough.
Innovation does not need to be a magical act of randomness, or dependent on a single person. It can be the result of structured processes that drives engineers and managers to create the next breakthroughs. In this two-day session, you and your team will learn the powerful process to stimulate good ideas, evaluate their merit, and structure the right business model to turn the idea into a growing profitable business. The TOC Business Innovation Process is based on Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), and has been deployed in leading companies around the world.
Creating a Project Factory Using CCPM: How to manage less and achieve more in projects (February 9 & 10) Facilitators: Sanjeev Gupta, Realization Technologies Inc. & Skip Reedy, CCPM Consulting LLC. This intensive 2-day workshop will bring you the experience and the lessons learned from implementing CCPM in more than 300 organizations, in projects ranging from research and product development to construction and aircraft maintenance.
It will teach you how these organizations have designed and implemented a repeatable process for executing and managing projects, allowing them to consistently complete their projects 20% to 50% faster and with 10% to 30% lower costs.
During the two days we will cover not only the foundational principles of Critical Chain Project Management, but also how to apply and implement them in real world projects. You will also learn how to estimate the improvement potential in your organization, how to get organizational buy-in and how to "pilot" the ideas.
Time permitting, we will also discuss how to meaningfully integrate CCPM with Earned Value Management, Cost Management and Scope Management. Please note that is designed for managers and executives who want to change the reality rather than learn the theory. And since complicated solutions don't sustain, the workshop emphasis is on keeping it simple - even if it means sacrificing the theoretical best.
Better, Faster, Cheaper: Practical Applications of TOC in Government (February 9 & 10) Facilitator: Kevin Fox, Viable Vision LLC
Objectives: To provide participants with:
a framework for measuring and motivating higher performance.
a solid foundation in TOC flow principles for government/ service operations.
a simple guide to analyzing processes and identifying focused solutions.
practical strategies to accelerate service delivery and reduce backlogs.
tools and techniques for breaking bottlenecks and increasing delivery.
a road map for launching focused improvement efforts using TOC principles.
strategies to confront complex government challenges such as recidivism, unemployment and homelessness.
an array of application examples and case studies from different government agencies.
Achieving a Breakthrough in Healthcare (February 11 & 12) Facilitator: Alex Knight, QFI Consulting LLP
The problem we face in healthcare:The exponential rise in medical costs relative to the moderate increases in health and social care budgets are creating a growing and core conflict. On the one hand the need to treat more and more patients and on the other hand the need to provide high quality care to each patient. This intensifies as budgets are squeezed and costs are increasing. The need for a breakthrough is now not just important but, even for the wealthier nations, becoming increasingly urgent.
The Audience for this workshop: If you are a doctor, nurse, health professional, manager, leader of a hospital/health-providing organization or if you are a TOC consultant or educator who wants to make a difference then this two-day workshop will help you understand that such a breakthrough is possible. It will teach you how, with the support of a THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS based approach, you can take the first steps to create irrefutable results in a healthcare organization.
This workshop will provide the participants with the skills and know how to engage a hospital or healthcare system in the successful application of the Theory of Constraints to achieve a breakthrough in performance.
You will be able to carry out a TOC based analysis of a hospital or health care system and identify the key leverage points for improvement.
You will be able to present your analysis to key clinical staff, managers and stakeholders to gain their agreement to the necessary actions to achieve the breakthrough.
You will have been exposed to the key TOC based solutions that are applicable to most health and social care environments.
You will have explored the similarities and differences between the TOC solutions in healthcare and the more generic TOC applications.
The sessions will be highly interactive and you will learn the TOC approach to healthcare through a series of interactive lectures, real case studies based on actual hospital data, simulations and discussions.
Alex Knight's recent publication 'Pride and Joy' will also form the basis of a number of sessions to develop your analysis skills and broaden your understanding of these seemingly complex health systems and help identify the inherent simplicity.
Maximizing Profitability the TOC Way (February 11 & 12) Facilitators: "Dr. Lisa" Lang and Brad Stillahn, Science of Business
In this highly interactive lab, "Dr Lisa” Lang and Brad
Stillahn will engage the group in discussion and hands-on participation
to discover how to LEVERAGE their existing resources using the Theory of
Constraints to maximize profitability.
- A comprehensive overview of Theory of Constraints
- How to make management decisions that are aligned with profitability goals
- Using T/CU for pricing and other considerations
- How to increase profitability by increasing capacity with no
corresponding increase in expenses or capital investment
- How a "Mafia Offer” allows this newly created capacity to be sold
- How to restate traditional financials in Throughput Accounting terms
Participants will learn to make decisions and strategic plans that are aligned with maximizing profitability.
The value to participants will include:
- A opportunity to discuss and identify their constraint
- Improved understanding of how to leverage their constraint and existing resources to drive profitability
- 4 metrics and 3 decision rules to make day-to-day and mix decisions that maximize profitability
- How to have the biggest and quickest impact with their Lean and Six Sigma efforts
- The guidelines and examples for creating a "Mafia Offer” –
an offer that is so good your customers can’t refuse it and your
competition can’t or won’t offer the same.
- Each participant will restate THEIR financials in Throughput
Accounting terms and practice making decisions to maximize profits.
Participants should bring current financials and the details
for any projects or decisions being considered. If you are frustrated
with your profit level and are tired of playing Whac-A-Mole, then this
event is for you!
The 4-day Odyssey Program (February 9 - 12) Facilitators: Dr. Alan Barnard, Goldratt Research Labs & Dr. James Holt, Washington State University
The 4-day Odyssey Program, especially developed for the TOCICO 2015 US Conference, will provide attendees with the unique opportunity to discover the latest research on how we can improve our own happiness, harmony and productivity at home and work. Attendees will then learn how to apply a simple, yet powerful Theory of Constraints based Thinking Process on their own situation to find and overcome those assumptions that can limit them from achieving more of their goals.
TOC for Personal Growth (February 11 & 12) Facilitator: Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag, Goldratt Group
Some of us are confident about our career decisions, some of us may not be. Are we in the right field for us? Which career opportunities should be pursued and which should we let pass? The attempt to think through what the best future is for us may be confusing and even upsetting.
By combining psychological theories and TOC Thinking tools this unique workshop aims to provide more clarity on the questions we need to answer in our search for direction and personal growth.
This workshop involves considerable self-search and exploration exercises. Prior experience in using the cloud would be helpful.
Retail Sales, Business Performance and Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice (February 11 & 12) Facilitator: Mickey Granot, NeoGrid
All around the world retailers are struggling to convert margins to profits. Even though the difference between low-margin retailers to high margins retailers is enormous (ranges from 10% to thousands) the difference in profitability is generally modest (between 2% and 10%). Commonly retailers try to improve profitability by squeezing suppliers with little effect. The ever-growing competition, globalization, shortening of product shelve life, sophisticated end consumers and uncertainty together with the large (and growing) gap between the supply time; that grows longer and the customer required service time; which is growing shorter; are changing the rules of the game and further enhance the need to find different ways to handle the profitability challenge.
The objectives of the workshop are to unfold the current challenges of retail sales and profitability , the basic TOC solution, the key challenges in implementing the solution and the applicable ways to enhance the solution so it answers todays’ challenges.
At the end of this workshop, the participants will gain a deeper understanding of the common broad challenges in growing sales and profitability of retailers, acquire tools for analyzing and quantifying performance gaps, design solutions and implementation plans that lead to appropriate improvements.
Key Subjects covered in the workshop
- Definitions – Sales (B to B, B to C), Supply chain, supply chain management (SCM), and key concepts in SCM - The key challenges of retailers today in growing sales and profitability - Sales and SCM the TOC way - Applying the TOC solution - Understanding the entire system -- The applicability of the TOC solution, and identifying when it is not applicable without changes? -- Analyzing the performance, identifying performance gaps, creating an implementation plan -- Key measures in SCM and their link to the improvement efforts -- Case studies - Discussion Production the TOC Way (February 11 & 12) Facilitator: Amir Schragenheim, CEO Inherent Simplicity
This workshop will give participants an overview of production environments, the common problems, key success factors and what TOC brings to the table.
It will cover the basics for people without prior knowledge of the TOC solution, as well as very advanced material. Make To Order, Make To Stock & Make to Forecast environments will be discussed and addressed, as well as a solution to manage a hybrid of them in one production floor.
Most TOC decisive competitive edges are based on operational excellence achieved through TOC techniques to be discussed, as well as the implications they will bring to wider scope of operations. Special production environments will be discussed as well. Several success stories and also failures will be shared in order to demonstrate specific points. Questions from the audience will be discussed in detail.
Distribution the TOC Way (February 9 & 10) Facilitator: Amir Schragenheim, CEO Inherent Simplicity
This workshop will give participants an overview of supply chain management today, the common problems, key success factors and what TOC brings to the table.
It will cover the basics for people without prior knowledge of the TOC solution, as well as the statistical theory behind it in detail. Supply chain management will be covered end to end, including raw material management, finished goods management, supplier purchases, VMI solutions, wholesalers and Retail. Several success stories as well as failures will be shared in order to demonstrate specific points. Questions from the audience will be discussed in detail.
Focusing on Key Issues with Developing Strategy (February 11 & 12) Facilitator: Eli Schragenheim, Eliyakim Management Systems Ltd.
These two days are aimed at people with reasonable knowledge of the three basic engines of TOC: DBR, CCPM and Replenishment.
The program is flexible and based on two big elements:
Questions from participants on any of the TOC BOK. Especially important are questions regarding difficulties in implementing one of the above TOC engines. Participants are required to submit their questions to Eli Schragenheim before the dates of the master class.
Issues of Strategy.
Eli Schragenheim would use one or two fictional, but realistic, written cases as vehicles to let the participants have "hands on” the topics discussed. Those cases would be in the style of the riddles Eli has presented in the TOCICO site (but not the specific ones that are still on the site).
Throughput Accounting: Making Rational Decisions and Reporting Results (February 11 & 12) Facilitators: Charlene Spoede Budd, Baylor University & Audrey Taylor, Western Washington University
Rather than attempting to barricade operations from traditional internal reports and metrics, the synergy derived from partnering with the accounting/finance people that generate the reports can be enormous. This workshop focuses on combining the simple P-Q-type decision that is appropriate in some internal-constraint environments, along with the TOC focus on individual resource capacity and availability, with the vast knowledge of traditionally-trained accounting and finance professionals.
While participants are assumed to have some background in or experience with traditional accounting, the workshop is designed to enable operations and other managers or consultants to communicate successfully with controllers and Chief Financial Officers in order to gain their collaboration and support. However, we encourage the attendance of those in accounting/finance areas.
As Eli Schragenheim has pointed out, throughput-per-constraint-unit, sometimes presented as the backbone of Throughput Accounting, is a metric with limited applicability for many organizations. We envision Throughput Accounting to encompass a broad range of internal management decisions and metrics and will demonstrate how it can be integrated with financial accounting from budgeting to the production of external financial statements. Throughput concepts will be supported with simple examples. Small teams of two or three participants then will be expected to solve similar problems and possibly present their results.
This workshop, by itself, will not make you an expert in accounting/finance. Rather, you should complete Day 2 with a healthy appreciation of the potential contribution of Throughput Accounting and know what you need to do to further enhance your ability to promote and support TOC implementations.
Workshop: The Wide Scope of Throughput Accounting as an Effective Support for the Key Decisions a Company has to Make (February 9 & 10) Facilitator: Eli Schragenheim, Eliyakim Management Systems Ltd. This workshop looks at the following key strategic questions that every company has to give answers to and the examines the flawed assumptions behind cost-per-unit and how they are handled in the real world, the basics of Throughput Accounting, and the relationships between Throughput Accounting and Direct Costing:
1) What should the company sell and at what price?
2) What market opportunities would significantly increase the bottom line?
3) How much capacity, including liquidity, manpower and infrastructure, should the company maintain?
Start with Simplicity: (TOC + Lean + Six Sigma) (February 9 & 10)
Facilitator: Bob Fox, Viable Vision LLC
Efforts to combine the three most widely used improvement methodologies (TOC+LEAN+SIX SIGMA) commonly known as TLS have at best a mixed record. Common complaints are that the results are less than promised, it cost more than expected, it took much longer than envisioned and it hasn’t proven to be a sustainable program. This proven two day workshop is geared to turn these negatives into positives. At the end of the workshop the attendees will have constructed a Throughput Operating Strategy (TOS) for their organization. The will understand how to use the TOS as the framework for driving demonstrable bottom line gains by capitalizing on TOC, Lean, Six Sigma and other improvement tools.
A series of exercises and logic will cause a shift in the perspective of the attendees, specifically they will come to realize that their organization:
Has a considerable amount of "hidden” capacity
Should focus on using this capacity to produce and sell more
That these additional sales have a much larger financial impact than expected
Is capable of strategically selecting a "Control Point” to manage this additional output
Can develop a Throughput Operating Strategy (TOS) that will be understood and accepted by the entire organization
Will use the TOS to better focus improvement activities and generate immediate results, reinforcing the organizations belief and confidence in this approach
Can effectively apply improvement tools from TOC, Lean, Six Sigma and other methods in a focused fashion – not every problem is a nail, so a hammer is not always the solution
In addition the attendees will understand and practice some proven techniques for creating change. This learning is particularly effective when an organization sends a team of attendees to the workshop.
The first half day of the workshop will be presented Socratically and will encompass both the rationale behind the existence of "hidden capacity”, the great leverage of Throughput, the logic of revising the five TOC steps to three and the simplicity of the TOS as an ongoing improvement framework. The next day and a half will allow the attendees to both practice developing a TOS for their own organization while concurrently applying proven change techniques to convince others to adopt such an approach.