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Theory of constraints

Theory of constraints
The theory of constraints (TOC) is a management paradigm that views any manageable system as being limited in achieving more of its goals by a very small number of constraints. There is always at least one constraint, and TOC uses a focusing process to identify the constraint and restructure the rest of the organization around it. TOC adopts the common idiom "a chain is no stronger than its weakest link." This means that processes, organizations, etc., are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them or at least adversely affect the outcome. History[edit] An earlier propagator of the concept was Wolfgang Mewes[2] in Germany with publications on power-oriented management theory (Machtorientierte Führungstheorie, 1963) and following with his Energo-Kybernetic System (EKS, 1971), later renamed Engpasskonzentrierte Strategie as a more advanced theory of bottlenecks. Key assumption[edit] The five focusing steps[edit] Constraints[edit] Breaking a constraint[edit]

The Science of Interstellar (9780393351378): Kip Thorne, Christopher Nolan: Books Business Apps: Flying Logic: That Would Be Illogical, Captain Some years ago in "A Not-at-All Foolish Consistency," 2002-09-10), I raved about Sciral Consistency, a simple but brilliantly effective application that gently reminds you of activities that need performance periodically. Now Consistency's author, Robert McNally, is back with a new program: Flying Logic. You probably don't remember this, but one of the first articles I ever wrote for TidBITS was about an application for charting logical arguments, MacEuclid (see "MacEuclid," 1992-11-23)). It was a thesis project, and was never developed further. You could learn about the Theory of Constraints and develop a diagram on paper, on a blackboard, or using a diagramming tool such as OmniGraffle (see "Connect the Dots with OmniGraffle," 2006-02-13); but Flying Logic has some important advantages. I don't think you can just pick up Flying Logic and start playing. As a simple example, I've made a document showing a big argument that our neighborhood association had last night.

The Science of 'Interstellar': Look Beyond the Wormhole Christopher Nolan's sci-fi blockbuster, "Interstellar," is winning kudos for its true-to-Einstein depiction of a black hole as well as its off-the-planet exploration agenda. The movie tells the story of a failing Earth — and a last-gasp space mission that sends astronauts through an extradimensional portal known as a wormhole in hopes of finding a habitable haven for humanity amid alien stars. The film boasts Nolan, the mastermind behind "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Inception," as director and co-writer. Thorne has written a movie-themed book, "The Science of 'Interstellar,'" which is due for release just as the film is coming out. "Neither wormholes nor black holes have been depicted in any Hollywood movie in the way that they actually would appear," Thorne says in a behind-the-scenes featurette. But Sten Odenwald, an astronomer at the Virginia-based National Institute of Aerospace, says Thorne's conception of a wormhole still may not match up with reality. Start with the solar system

Enterprise Resource Planning Da Wikipedia, l'enciclopedia libera. Enterprise resource planning (letteralmente "pianificazione delle risorse d'impresa", spesso abbreviato in ERP)[1] è un sistema di gestione, chiamato in informatica sistema informativo, che integra tutti i processi di business rilevanti di un'azienda (vendite, acquisti, gestione magazzino, contabilità etc.) Con l'aumento della popolarità dell'ERP e la riduzione dei costi per l'ICT (Information and Communication Technology), si sono sviluppate applicazioni che aiutano i business manager ad implementare questa metodologia nelle attività di business come: controllo di inventari, tracciamento degli ordini, servizi per i clienti, finanza e risorse umane. Storia[modifica | modifica sorgente] A tutt'oggi i moderni sistemi di ERP coprono tutte le aree che possano essere automatizzate e/o monitorate all'interno di un'azienda, permettendo così agli utilizzatori di operare in un contesto uniforme ed integrato, indipendentemente dall'area applicativa. ^ L.

The 2014 Gift Guide: What To Get Creatives (And Those Who Want To Be More Creative) Geese are fattening, old men are awaiting haypennies (whatever those are) in their hats, and Christmas (or whatever) is fast approaching. And while you almost certainly have great ideas for the boring people in your life (what up, gift card!), more creative friends/family members/co-workers require more consideration: their gifts have to be both genuinely useful and clever enough to make it clear that you know them well. To that end, we've assembled a can't-miss gift guide for the creative folks in your life, to ensure that they'll be inspired and equipped going into 2015.

Yammer: meno riunioni, più informazioni Forse quando avete iniziato a lavorare eravate solo due soci, lavoravate gomito a gomito dodici ore al giorno, e tenere sotto controllo tutto quel che succedeva era semplice. Ma, dopo qualche anno di attività, in ufficio ci sono altre persone, i progetti e i clienti si sono moltiplicati, e avete l’impressione di non sapere più su cosa stanno lavorando i vostri colleghi. Alcuni di voi sono spesso fuori sede, o lavorano da casa; e la riunione settimanale si è trasformata in un estenuante elenco dei lavori in corso, tanto lungo che non c’è mai tempo da dedicare alla strategia per il futuro. Come potete uscire da quest’empasse, e fare in modo che tutti siano informati su quel che fanno i colleghi senza che questo significhi passare più tempo in sala riunioni che al lavoro? E come potete farlo usando uno strumento che non vi costi un occhio della testa, e sia immediatamente utilizzabile da tutti? Yammer è la risposta che fa per voi. I vantaggi di Yammer:

Ilan Eshkeri Ilan Eshkeri is an English film composer. Early life[edit] Eshkeri was born in London.[1] During his childhood, he learned to play the violin and guitar and later went on to play in a rock band. Career[edit] Eshkeri's other notable works include The Young Victoria, which was nominated for this year's Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Score; Warner Bros' martial arts epic Ninja Assassin, Dino DeLaurentiis' Hannibal Rising, and producing the BAFTA-nominated score to Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. In 2012, Eshkeri was commissioned by Keith H. Discography[edit] Film[edit] Television[edit] Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story (2003)Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death (2003)The Banker (2004)Trial & Retribution XX Siren (2008)Trial & Retribution XXI Ghost Train (2008)Trial & Retribution XXII Shooter (2008)The Snowman and The Snowdog (with Andy Burrows) (2012)Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond (2014) Video games[edit] The Sims 4 (2014)[7] Awards[edit] References[edit] External links[edit]

Understanding online marketing from the Course Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter Okay, well, before we jump right in to setting up our accounts on Facebook and Twitter, I want to step back a bit and put the whole concept of social media marketing in context with other kinds of online marketing, especially for those of you who are not quite sure where it fits in the mix. It all started many years ago with the web site, that if your company, or you offer a service for sale, that you would put up a web site, essentially a 24x7 online brochure. So if somebody knows your URL, the address of your web site, they could go there and they could learn all about your web site. They could sign up for more information or for newsletter or whatever, and that is something that we still do today. So if I'm a prospective customer and I'm looking for a local place to buy say gourmet cupcakes, I would go to Google or Bing or Yahoo! Those are paid ads that are responding to the keywords that people are entering. You still need to let people know what the address is of the blog.

Blogging Fundamentals for Business: An Online Business-Building Workshop In this comprehensive online course, Michael Stelzner (founder of Social Media Examiner) will show you: If you want to make blogging work for your business, this hands-on course is just what you've been looking for. Click here to purchase. Dear Fellow Marketer; Have you ever looked at successful blogs and thought, "I wish I had that?" If so, you and I are a lot alike. When I started Social Media Examiner, there were thousands of other social media blogs. I grew Social Media Examiner into one of the largest business blogs in the world—and it rapidly grew our business into a multimillion-dollar company. Social Media Examiner is one of the world's largest business blogs. All of our growth came from the blog. Business blogging allows you to become "the source" that people turn to, reference and frequent. That's what Blogging Fundamentals for Business is all about. The course will show you precisely what you need to know and do to achieve blogging success. Here's to a bright future together! P.S.

6 New Workspaces That Are Killing the Corporate Campus Some things never change, but Pepys’ peripatetic routine underscores just how recent, and how artificial, the modern office is. The notion that a single organization would monopolize a space, often for a single function, is a distinctly 20th century one. The demands of the vertically integrated corporation required tight coordination in both space and time, what Duffy calls “synchrony” and “co-location.” The solution was the skyscraper, and later the suburban campus. But as workflows and processes moved first into software and then into the cloud, the questions of how, where, and with whom we should work are being asked anew. Here’s a taxonomy of the new kinds of workspaces emerging to displace the tyranny of the corporate campus and how they’re being used:

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10 | This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks Forget standing desks. In the office of the future, you might lean instead—supported by giant rock-like sculptures that designers argue are a healthier, more active way to work than anything that's come before. A prototype of the office design is now on display in Amsterdam. "We said, what if we could create a work environment which is not based on tables and chairs anymore?" The new office is meant to help combat all of the health problems—from heart disease to diabetes—that the typical desk job can contribute to or exacerbate. The designers are working with researchers from the University of Groningen to test the room's advantages. Here's a glimpse of the design process: The project raises questions about how much of our lives we spend sitting down, even outside of the office. For the designers, the installation is meant to make people rethink work—this particular design may not show up in actual offices anytime soon, although furniture manufacturers have already started calling.