It's not every day you get to chat with two of your heroes ...
I've just completed a fascinating interview with two of
the TOC Worlds most brilliant and innovative thinkers. Bill Dettmer and
Eli Schragenheim. Although the focus of the interview is on their new
book "Supply Chain Management at Warp Speed" we also wander off into
some other fascinating areas. They've got some great book
recommendations between them, for example. Plus they talk about their
next publishing efforts. Oh, and Bill mentions the key reason why you'd
want to buy the book - it's the first public viewing of the TOC
solution to ************** (you'll have to listen to find out). I can't
tell you how pleasurable this session was for me - to chat with two of
You're probably best to download the file files directly. Here's Part 1 and here's Part 2. Why two parts? 'coz computers suck and my recording software went a little wonky. You'll miss about 30 seconds worth of conversation but Bill revisits that near the start of part 2. I hate computers.
The recordings last about an hour and a quarter all up.
If you are not in the mood for a podcast then here are 3 questions from Eli Schragenheim.
I'd like to ask you a few things about your background in TOC, what you
are currently working on, what you are most proud of, and whether you
would ever write a Dilemmas 2 book?
1. I started working for Dr. Goldratt in
1/1/85. I got the job described this way: "A programmer to develop a
computer game for adults that will teach them how to think". Later I went
with Eli Goldratt to start Goldratt Institute, became a partner, and resigned in
1991. Continued to do TOC, consult, teach and develop educational
tools. In 1998 Eli Goldratt asked me to re-join him. Now I'm part of
the Goldratt Group and especially The Goldratt Schools.
2. I'm most proud when I succeed to convince
Eli Goldratt to see certain things my way. In the last two years Goldratt
has formally adopted the notion of Simplified DBR, which Bill and I
developed. He even developed it further, but I'm still quite proud on
3. Dilemmas 2? I'm not sure. I
might write a full fictional story about management, with more emphasis on drama
than on teaching.