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Simplicity is the foundation of powerful solutions! The Vector blog presents simple solutions to complex business challenges. We have stayed away from jargons and “confirming” data to prove a point. Instead simple straightforward logical narratives are used to present the solution. In these blogs you will get to know how TOC can be used to design breakthrough solutions which re-create harmony in work places.

Total 41 Articles

COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

On-Time Delivery, a misnomer in New Product Development

Find out how NPD departments can ensure faster product development and avoid missing planned launch dates

Nilesh Riswadkar
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Management by Tactics

Organizations are abandoning 'Management by Targets' for a radical new approach that nurtures both accountability and collaboration

Satyashri Mohanty And Dr. Shelja Jose Kuruvilla
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

Wandering bottleneck

Find out how to protect delivery due dates in manufacturing plants with wandering bottlenecks.

Visu, Chandrachur Datta, Mayuresh Satpute And Subhashish Das
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Managing the COVID 19 crisis: A supply chain approach

Covid-19 pandemic represents a novel dilemma - Do you choose a country's economy or health of its people? What is the way out of this dilemma?

Vector Consulting Group
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Going beyond data for decision-making

Find out how to overcome confirmation bias in decision making. It is high time that organizations invests in improving the thoughtware for getting more and precise data elements through additional investments in hardware and software.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Leadership styles and organization culture

Find out what creates toxic work culture in an organization?

Kiran Kothekar
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Too many cooks spoil the ..growth!

Read the article to know about how running too many initiatives simultaneously may be counter-productive

Suhas Kini
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Balanced scorecard: A promise unfulfilled

Find out why the Balanced scorecard is a weak strategic management tool!

Satyashri Mohanty & Dr. Shelja Jose Kuruvilla
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

Drum-Buffer-Rope: Resolving the Capacity Utilization vs Reliability Conflict in Manufacturing Schedules

With the evolution of new manufacturing techniques, manufacturing plants became increasingly

Dr Shelja Jose & Co-Authored by Eli Schragenheim, Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

The Curious Case of the Failed Entrepreneur

Amit Gade’s cheque bounced! Again! When it happened two months back in the month of May, it was dismissed as a one off aberration till it happened again; this was the third in as many months!

Puneet Kulraj
COVID-19
Nuances of TOC Concepts

Throughput Accounting: An introduction

In era when accounting was invented, bulk of the cost of a product was truly variable. However in the current era, period expense has become substantial. So, when a significant portion of expenses is artificially allocated to a product, it creates many problems when these variables are used as measurements for decision making.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Not so Agile

The assumptions of Agile Methodology of software development create several challenges which derail projects

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Scientific Revolution, Disruptive Innovation and Theory of Constraints

“Innovation”, “Disruption” have been buzzwords for a while. Pundits remind us how Nokia, Kodak didn’t act on time and got disrupted into oblivion.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

A new inventory management paradigm for made to stock companies

Any business which manages stock to meet customer needs faces a key challenge in stock management –what is the right inventory?

Puneet Kulraj
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

Analyzing Mysteries of Implementing Replenishment

I think, the best of internalizing new knowledge is by analyzing case studies. So instead of just posting insights, I would like to share a case with you and some questions to ponder at the end of it…

Puneet Kulraj
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

Battling the efficiency syndrome. Effortlessly!

With implementation of Theory of Constraints solution, it is expected that all plant managers align their thinking and decision making to the paradigm of flow rather than local efficiencies.

Shailesh Ranjan
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Beating project deadlines, the CCPM way

The framework of Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) offers a holistic approach for dealing with the Project business. A few of its nuances, however, are far from popular.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Beating the Recession Blues

Management consulting industry and all IT vendors in enterprise space, promising productivity improvement have a business cycle well aligned with the overall economy.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Blaming it on Estimation!

If one goes by the widely acclaimed Chaos reports released by the Standish Group, software projects seem to have a dubious record. In 1995, the report highlighted that only 16% of the IT projects were completed on time, within budget with original scope.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
Nuances of TOC Concepts

Constraints and Non-Constraints

‘An hour lost on the bottleneck is an hour lost on the entire system; An hour gained on a non-bottleneck is a mirage’

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

To measure or not to: The danger of focusing on measures & targets

I was addressing an audience of top management of a company recently just before a new assignment was about to kick off.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Egg before the Chicken?

The logic of CCPM appeals to common sense. The damages of bad multi-tasking and “date driven” behavior are irrefutable.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

First among Equals: Marketing or Supply chain

For any company involved in manufacturing and selling of tangible products, both marketing and supply chain forms an essential aspect of business.

D R Kartikayan
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Focus on longest path ≠ shortest possible lead-time

Every literature on project management reminds us that the longest path of dependent tasks determines the total duration of the project.

Anantha keerthi
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

From Sales to Production – a tale of misaligned priorities

I once had an opportunity to engage with a company producing and selling custom-built equipment for banks to try and help cut “flab” and steer the company towards improved profitability.

Vivek Chopra
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

How to make ‘change’ happen?

In companies, there is a plethora of improvement projects deployed in any firm at any given time. But, can there be a situation where the very change that people are trying to implement becomes its own biggest hurdle?

Jitendra Dwivedi
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Ignoring the Future

The Nano debuted in 2008. It was expected to be a historic event – the launch of the cheapest car ever to be sold on the planet. Auto analysts across the world prophesized the Nano would be a game changer for the Indian auto industry.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

Is your Planning Method bloating your working capital Requirements?

Current downturn is putting pressure on companies not just to reduce costs but also to reduce the working capital requirements.

Kedar Amdekar
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Why management by objectives is flawed?

One of the pre-dominant styles of conventional management is management by objectives. On the face of it, the approach appears objective. However, it is not without flaws, as the following case studies highlight.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
Nuances of TOC Concepts

Know your ‘constraints’

Almost every manager trying to meet targets, is dealing with obstacles that come his way. He overcomes a few, stumbles over the others. He is identifying constraints and removing them. Is this Theory of Constraints?

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Projects

Lessons from a Traffic Jam

Traffic jams are a pain. It disrupts schedules and is a common excuse that people give for reaching late to work. But have you ever wondered what causes these traffic jams? One such day I decided to get out of my car and observe the various events that leads to this event.

Suhas Kini
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Managing Call Centres : A Logical Approach

Today numerous call centres have been set up to help customers transact, provide transaction updates, act as help lines, answer product related queries, and even handle grievances. The job seems to be over. But Is it?

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

Restoring Harmony in Manufacturing Plants

I am sure most of you must have observed and experienced the extent of disharmony that exists in any organization. Unless sources of disharmony are resolved, situation will not change. Can TOC bring in harmony among people?

Shailesh Ranjan
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

Sailing the Last Mile

The pull system comes into play the moment manufacturing companies or suppliers start with small quantity supplies of new range of SKUs releasing the capital of the distributor. However, to make this reality there are two important paradigms of supply chain that needs to be addressed

Sudheer S
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

Sales team – A very obstinate lot!!!

People in sales are the most obstinate lot of mankind and it is very difficult to get things implemented in sales. This is the primary belief that most companies hold about the sales function, and is one with quite a bit of truth in it too.

Murali Krishna
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Simple Tactics to Double Team Productivity: The science of getting work done on time

In organizations, leaders must get tasks done through their team members. On the surface, this appears to be an easy thing to do, as leaders have formal authority over their team members (by virtue of organizational hierarchy) and so, can simply issue orders to get things done.

Kedar Amdekar
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Theory Of Constraints and the Thinking Process

Though Theory of Constraints was originally offered by Eliyahu Goldratt as a manufacturing scheduling method, over the course of his career, Goldratt evolved TOC into a systems methodology which encompasses a wide range of concepts, principles, solutions, tools and approaches

Dr Shelja Jose
COVID-19
Systems Thinking & Innovation

Thinking Clearly

Business ‘Experts’ generally go around departments and ask people for problems, do a gap analysis (with help of some benchmarking data) and then they arrive with solutions, almost one for each problem. Unfortunately, the inter-relationship between the problems is mostly ignored.

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
“Pull” Solutions for Manufacturing

To batch or not to batch

Batching issues tend have a profound influence on the flow characteristics of a manufacturing plant and substantial gains can be made by properly understanding underlying principles.

Achal Saran Pande
COVID-19
TOC Leadership Paradigms

Managing People: Coach or a Selector

Most managers tend to be “selectors” who screen and judge subordinates based on outcomes! Becoming a coach is harder but a more effective leadership style

Satyashri Mohanty
COVID-19
"Pull" Solution for Distribution and Sales

Aftermath of Demonetization in the Aftermarket

According to RBI data, 90% of all transactions in India are made with cash. A little over 80% of this cash became practically useless overnight after Rs1000 and Rs500 currency notes were demonetized on November 8 this year.

Puneet Kulraj

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