Tame your Work Flow: How Dr. Goldratt of “The Goal” would apply the Theory of Constraints to rethink knowledge-work management (TameFlow)

This book describes advanced applications of the TameFlow Approach – a pragmatic, human-centered, systems-thinking approach for creating breakthrough performance-innovation in knowledge-intensive digital-businesses. You will learn how to apply the Theory of Constraints to knowledge-work, and in particular to handle coordination, synchronization and prioritization in “PEST” environments, where you have multiple Projects or Products; multiple Events or deadlines; multiple Stakeholders; and multiple Teams.

Focus is on producing business outcomes and customer value with tangible bottom line results. The TameFlow Approach provides business agility to change direction at speed and at scale by dramatically improving organizational performance beyond that of mainstream Agile or “agile-like” methods and frameworks (Kanban, Scrum, SAFe, LeSS, Nexus, Scrum@Scale, Enterprise Scrum, etc.), and providing new means to tame the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) of modern knowledge-work.

Evan’s Review: Make sure you set aside enough time to properly read and appreciate this book. It is clear that Steve and Daniel have a deep understanding and respect for Eli Goldratt’s work. Because of this (and perhaps only because of this), they have extended the concepts laid out in The Goal for knowledge work in a way that is both profound and practical. I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to point out the wealth of material on Mental Models in this book. When I first spoke to Steve about this topic many years ago, I don’t think I fully understood the importance of the topic. However, over the last few years, this concept has been reinforced many times and I can say with some clarity that I really respect and enjoy the depth of material you share in the book.

I remember reviewing Steve’s original TameFlow booklet and I loved both the importance and simplicity of the concept. At the time, I suggested that more evidence was needed to support some of the claims. This new book delivers that in spades.

This is a must read for anyone who wants to develop their understanding of flow, Kanban, lean, throughput accounting, and business agility. No matter how much you think you know, this book will expand your knowledge.

Get the book from the authors website here: https://tameflow.com/book/tame-your-work-flow/

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