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Colonel H. William Dettmer, USAF (ret.) “is Senior Partner at Goal Systems International, a consortium of management professionals with more than 120 years of combined experience. He has twenty-three years' experience in military operations, logistics, strategic planning, operational planning, training, large-scale systems deployment, project management, and contracting. Since 1996, Dettmer has applied the thinking process in commercial companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Australia."


Colonel H. William Dettmer is the author of The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving; Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement; Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business Strategy; Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance; and, Brainpower Networking Using the Crawford Slip Method.  He is also a co-author of Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance.


According to the book description of The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving, “A major rewrite of Dettmer's classic Goldratt's Theory of Constraints, this new edition presents a whole new approach to building and applying logic trees. The logical thinking process referred to in the title is nothing less than a broadly applicable, systems-level approach to policy analysis. Dettmer has streamlined the process of constructing the logic trees while simultaneously ensuring that the results are more logically sound and closer representations of reality than ever before. He explains an easier, more logically sound way to integrate Current Reality Trees with Evaporating Clouds. His new version of the thinking process "retires" the Transition Tree in favor of the marriage of a more detailed Prerequisite Tree and critical chain project management.


This book contains new examples of logic trees from a variety of real-world applications. Most of the diagrams and illustrations are new and improved. Explanations and procedures for constructing the logic trees are considerably simplified. Completely new to this edition is a unique graphical software application - Transformation Logic Trees, designed primarily to create thinking process logic trees and only secondarily for other flowcharting uses. Provided on the accompanying CD-ROM is a full-function, unrestricted copy of version 1.0 for new and experienced users of the thinking process alike to use in building their logic trees. Appendix J in the book provides more information on how to install and use the software.”


According to the book description of Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance, “Manufacturing systems don't exist in a vacuum, isolated from the rest of the company, but they are often managed that way. A truly effective, highly competitive manufacturing company integrates its manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, and financial functions into a well-coordinated whole. Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance explains in detail how to coordinate all these functions to maximize sales revenue while controlling inventory and overhead costs. Ultimately, the effects of applying the new Simplified-Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR II) introduced by the authors include dramatically faster manufacturing cycle times, shorter order-to-delivery lead times, higher on-time delivery reliability, and better customer satisfaction.


The book gives you everything a typical production professional needs to implement this new DBR approach. A supplemental feature - the Management Interactive Case Study Simulator (MICSS) - is included with the book. This CD-ROM sets up a virtual company where you can test and practice the processes you learn in the book before implementing them in your organization. The book and software together constitute the complete package for learning how to streamline manufacturing operations. The first book available on second generation Drum-Buffer-Rope, Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance describes the simplest, most efficient methods for reducing manufacturing cycle time and increasing the speed of manufacturing yet devised. Fully illustrated, with numerous examples, case studies, and manufacturing scenarios, the book is so easy to read that even the novice can understand it. Correct use of this new method practically assures your company has the competitive advantage.”


According to the book description of Brainpower Networking Using the Crawford Slip Method, “Invented in 1925 by Dr. C.C. Crawford, professor of education at the University of Southern California, the Crawford Slip Method is an idea generator without equal. It's an easy-to-use, effective group survey tool that enables the collection of ideas from audiences of almost any size rapidly and anonymously. Brainpower Networking Using the Crawford Slip Method explains how to focus the creativity and expertise of people with knowledge of a subject on the problems and challenges associated with solving them. This book provides step-by-step guidance for anyone to mobilize collective brainpower to identify and solve problems at any level, from the personal to the highest levels of large organizations. By following the simple, easy to understand, fully illustrated instructions in this book, system improvers can be effective with the Crawford Slip Method in a matter of days, or even several hours. The book is logically organized into chapters that lead the reader through: A brief history of the method; A general description of various applications; How to create the "target" for slip writers; How to prepare for a slip-writing workshop; How to motivate slip writers; How to conduct the slip-writing workshop; How to sort and classify written slips; and, How to convert sorted slips into a useful form Appendices provide examples of actual slip-writing targets for various specialized purposes that the reader can use exactly as provided to get started with the Crawford Slip Method.”

Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement
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Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance
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Brainpower Networking Using the Crawford Slip Method
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Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business Strategy
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According to the book description of Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business Strategy, “There are many parallels between the business world and the military world: both must always be wary of the competition; both must be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions; and if either falters the results could be devastating. Yet while military leaders have employed essentially the same strategies for thousands of years, business leaders often feel the need to try the latest fad in an effort to capture lightning in a bottle and lead the company to success. In Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business Strategy, best-selling author H. William Dettmer explains how sound, proven strategies used by great military leaders from Sun Tzu to Schwarzkopf can also be easily and effectively used in the business world.


Dettmer begins the book by introducing the conceptual framework of military strategy and maneuver warfare, which dates back over 2,300 years to the time of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. He first explains how the time-tested principles of war planning and military execution can be readily applied to non-military uses, such as commercial business, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies, leading to considerable benefits in coherence and focus. Dettmer then introduces a logical, systematic tool set to help you translate the military strategy ‘template’ into action, which can then be applied to nearly any industry or business type. The system described by Dettmer is quick and easy to use, flexible enough to accommodate changes in the external environment, and supports the creativity of both strategists and executors.”


According to the book description of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement, “Organizations live or die as systems not processes. Their success or failure is a function of how well the different component processes interact with one another. Real quality improvement isn't possible without the knowledge that comes from an understanding of the theory of knowledge, knowledge of variation, an understanding of psychology, and appreciation for systems. Goldratt's Theory of Constraints addresses best-selling author Eli Goldratt's unique approach to dramatically improving corporate performance, found throughout his books, The Goal (North River, 1992) and It's Not Luck (North River, 1994). This book thoroughly explains the theory of constraints, as well as detailing for the reader exactly how to problem solve using TOC.


According to the book description of Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance, “Executives and managers seeking an alternative or complementary approach to TQM for systematic improvement of business results can realize impressive results with this book. The author, Bill Dettmer, explains the basics of the theory of constraints and how it can be applied to a variety of organizational systems for maximum performance. This book is for people who have little experience with Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC). This book is intended for anyone who wants to understand how to apply the logical thinking processes invented by the million copy best-selling author E.M. Goldratt in his book The Goal without going into a lot of theory and details about Goldratt's concepts. This book explains how to identify and optimize the system constraints that inhibit your organization's overall performance, which is the key to becoming world-class.”

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