Today’s post is by the Founder of Intelligent Management Inc. Dr. Domenico Lepore.
In 1997, I was among the few to receive from Larry Gadd, Dr. Goldratt’s Publisher at North River Press, the galley of ‘Critical Chain’. At the time, I had no idea how much it would have changed the development of my professional life (and, somewhat, impact my personal one).
It is very hard to over-estimate its contribution to management. Simply put, ‘Critical Chain’ lays the foundation for a complete rethink of the role of management (and Business School Curricula) as well as ushering in a new paradigm in the meaningful deployment of of human resources.
For us at Intelligent Management, Critical Chain has been a constant source of inspiration (and a prompt) to take its boundless implications to a new level. The work we have done in the last 10-12 years builds on my first book, ‘Deming and Goldratt: The Decalogue’ co-written with Goldratt’s lifetime partner, Oded Cohen. (It was the first book published by Goldratt’s publisher about the Theory of Constraints (TOC) that was not written by Goldratt himself).
This work has been a constant feedback between theoretical development and on the field validation; it has been elucidated in several books (Sechel: Logic, Language and Tools to Manage Any Organization as a Network’, 2010, ‘Quality, Involvement, Flow: The Systemic Organization’, 2016, CRC Press, and ‘Moving the Chains – An Operational Solution for Embracing Complexity in the Digital Age’, 2019, Business Expert Press.) We have also written hundreds of blog posts, given webinars, etc.
The essence of the work is this: A new, genuinely systemic Organizational Design emerges from the understanding of Critical Chain Project Management – CCPM, one that allows companies to overcome the prevailing hierarchical, silo-based organization. We called it “The Network of Projects”.
True to the spirit of continuous innovation and development engendered by Dr. Deming and Dr. Goldratt’s message, at Intelligent Management we have taken another step in the direction of making their knowledge more available and practically implemented.
In the next weeks we shall continue to elaborate; the aim is to push the envelope further and open up a new realm of possibilities for anyone willing to listen.