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TOCICO International Conference - PROGRAM

SPEAKERS (Bios/Abstracts)

July 16-19, 2017
Melia Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

 Eli Schragenheim - TOC Global

One-hour presentation by Eli Schragenheim

An insight means recognizing a cause and effect structure that can be applied to variety of situations. TOC has come up with several powerful insights that carry the potential of achieving huge value. Eli Schragenheim is going to present his chosen seven key insights and discuss their value beyond the immediate use within the TOC applications.
The insights are:

  1. The constraint / bottleneck
  2. Visible buffers
  3. Buffer management
  4. Throughput
  5. Conflict resolution
  6. Inherent simplicity
  7. Decisive competitive edge and the essence of strategy and tactic

The wide use of each one of those insights is the core of this presentation.

One hour of advanced and new material presentation by Eli Schragenheim

All key decisions in an organization involve deep considerations on two major areas:

  1. Sales/Throughput.
    What should the organization sell? Who are the potential clients? How to reach the clients? What price should the organization charge?
  2. Capacity and its impact on OE (and ‘I’). What capabilities are required, and how much capacity of those capabilities have to be maintained? How much excess capacity is required? How much capacity can be purchased in a hurry?

While the focus of management has to be, first of all, on generating throughput, the impact on OE cannot, and should not, be ignored. Managing the capacity is a critical element in supporting the competitive edge of the organization.

Problem is that the behavior of capacity, and its immediate impact on OE and profitability, are quite different than sales. One noted difference is that capacity does not behave in a linear way. More, measuring capacity can be easily viewed as complex, due to the many variables that impact the performance. Timing issues are especially tricky as capacity is usually required before the sale, and it needs to be in line with the market timing expectations.

On top of all the above capacity is highly impacted by the fluctuations of the demand, and it is also vulnerable to fluctuations within the operational system.

Coming with an overall concept of dealing with capacity issues, especially for decision making, is the subject of this presentation. It’ll include a discussion on the various complexities in measuring capacity, how that capacity can be utilized in reality, the behavior of the cost of capacity and the emphasis on TWO levels of protective capacity.

Eli Schragenheim is a well known international management educator, author and consultant active in various fields of management like corporate strategy, decision support, innovation, supply chain, project management, shop-floor control, IT and HR.  He has worked with huge variety of organizations all over the world, including public-sector organizations, industrial, high-tech and start-ups.

Since he had joined Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, the famous creator of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in 1985, Eli Schragenheim has taught, spoken at conferences and consulted all over the globe, including the US, India, China, Japan, Canada, Britain, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Germany, Italy, Belgium, South Africa and Australia.  He taught and trained high-level managers and consultants to use TOC in the most effective way in all the above countries.  Many of his past pupils are now practicing TOC in the highest levels.

Eli Schragenheim is also known for his own software simulators and management games designed to experience the thinking and potential of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in complex environments.

Eli Schragenheim was a partner in the A.Y. Goldratt Institute and a director in The Goldratt Schools. He manages his own company Elyakim Management Systems (1992) Ltd.  He served twice as a board member of TOCICO – the TOC International Certification Organization, a non-profit organization that was created by Dr. Goldratt to spread the TOC knowledge in the world.  Lately Eli Schragenheim initiated TOC Global, an international organization of the best minds in TOC, to support TOC implementations worldwide, and generate huge value for large clients and projects all over the globe.

Eli Schragenheim is the author of several books on various aspects of management.  His first book Management Dilemmas (1998) showed a variety of problematic situations in management and the rigorous analysis leading to the right solution.  Next he collaborated with William H. Dettmer in writing Manufacturing at Warp Speed. In this book the new concept of Simplified-DBR, now a key concept in production planning according to TOC, was introduced.  He also collaborated with Carol A. Ptak on ERP, Tools, Techniques, and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain, and with Dr. Goldratt and Carol Ptak on Necessary but Not Sufficient.  In 2009 his book Supply Chain Management at Warp Speed, with William H. Dettmer and Wayne Patterson was published.  He also contributed two chapters for the Theory of Constraints Handbook, edited by Cox and Schleier published in 2010 by McGraw-Hill.

In March 2015, Eli has opened a blog, now containing more than 70 articles on various topics in TOC that everybody can access.  The URL is