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Register Now Maximizing Product Development Speed and Throughput
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Dr. Eli GoldrattGoldratt Keynote
TOC Across the Enterprise

Keynote Sponsor - Speed to Market

Case Studies
Abbott Labs
The Bell Group
Seagate Technology

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1. Multi-Project
    Management -
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    Single Project
Issues & Obstacles
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    Systems for ROI

1. Implementing the
    TOC Multi-Project
Solving the

Goldratt Interview
Idiot's Guide to TOC

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Case Study

Abbott Laboratories
Application of Constraint Critical Chain Methodology to 120 Concurrent Timelines

Presenter: Doug Brandt, Abbott Laboratories

Evaluation of over 150 Failure Modes and Effects Analyses (FMEAs) associated with marketed products prompted the creation of a 500+ team to address key issues. A team of 12 timeline coordinators worked with team leaders over 2 months to create 120 timelines that detailed project activities for closure of these issues.

Timelines were created utilizing ProChain and ProChain Plus software and teams were divided into 6 groupings based on product family. Real-time status updating and dedicated, centralized project status rooms were utilized in each group to maintain day-to-day managerial support. Management attention was focused on clearly defining priorities, encouraging single-tasking, defining the criteria for task completion and hand-off, and utlizing project buffer consumption as an indicator of project progress.

Attention was further focused by utilizing "fever charts" in each group to quickly identify projects requiring special attention and to communicate overall timeline status to upper management. Constraining issues were identified in weekly formal update sessions and resources were deployed both within and across groups to address resource constraints. This approach has allowed appropriate focus on projects at risk of delay within a dynamic work environment while minimizing confusion, changes to direction, and disruption of ongoing activities.

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