1st Edition

Learning from the Past, Present, and Future to Drive Profits to New Levels Roadmaps for Solving and Preventing Problems, Making Better Decisions, and Implementing the Ultimate Improvement Cycle

By Bob Sproull Copyright 2024
    342 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    342 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    342 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    The content of this book is centered around three seemingly diverse themes. The first theme is why it’s so important for companies to learn from the past, the present, and the future. The author covers some of the key learnings from the distant and current past, and how these learnings changed the course for many companies. He discusses new learnings that have been developed in our current state and will continue to be brought forward. He provides a look into the future, just to make sure companies understand that they should always be looking for better ways to function.

    The second theme is centered around problem-solving, problem prevention, and decision-making. That is, how to successfully define problems that already exist in your current reality, how to prevent problems from occurring in the future, and how to make much more effective decisions. Problems have plagued many companies for many years and knowing how to follow a structured approach to solve them should prove to be very useful. And perhaps even more important than solving problems, is how companies can go about preventing the problems from occurring in the first place. Think about how your company might look if the plethora of problems to solve didn’t exist. And with current or potential problems, many decisions must be made.

    The final theme in this book is how to successfully implement the Theory of Constraints, and then combine Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints. The Theory of Constraints should be considered the "missing link" in most improvement initiatives. The author presents, in detail, why combining the Theory of Constraints with Lean and Six Sigma and all of the associated improvement tools and techniques will take your company to new levels of profitability. He introduces two new roadmaps. One roadmap is on how to implement the Theory of Constraints, while the other new roadmap is how to implement my Ultimate Improvement Cycle.

    Chapter 1 Learning from the Past, Present, and Future

    Chapter 2 The Key to Solving Problems

    Chapter 3 The DNA of a Good Problem Solver

    Chapter 4 Problem Prevention

    Chapter 5 Effective Decision Making

    Chapter 6 Needs Assessment

    Chapter 7 A Message for Leadership

    Chapter 8 Resolving Conflicts

    Chapter 9 The Goal Tree – A New Way to Make and Use It

    Chapter 10 Paths of Variation

    Chapter 11 Systems Thinking

    Chapter 12 Theory of Constraints Systems Thinking Tools

    Chapter 13 The Interference Diagram

    Chapter 14 TOC Distribution and Replenishment Solution

    Chapter 15 Plant Types, Control Point Theory, and Volts Concepts

    Chapter 16 Drum Buffer Rope

    Chapter 17 The Theory of Constraints Roadmap

    Chapter 18 The Ultimate Improvement Cycle Roadmap

    Chapter 19 Performance Metrics

    Chapter 20 Critical Chain Project Management

    Chapter 21 Summary of the Key Learnings


    Bob Sproull is an Independent Consultant and the owner of Focus and Leverage Consulting. Bob is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Theory of Constraints Jonah. Bob has served as a Vice President of Quality, Engineering, and Continuous Improvement for two different manufacturing companies, was General Manager for a manufacturing company, has an extensive consulting background in Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), and focuses on teaching companies how to maximize their profitability through an integrated Lean, six Sigma, and Constraints Management improvement methodology.

    Bob is an internationally known speaker and author of numerous white papers and articles on continuous improvement. Bob’s background also includes 9 years with the Presbyterian University Hospital complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he ran the Biochemistry Department at Children’s Hospital, performed extensive research in breakthrough testing methods and assisted with the development of organ transplant procedures.

    Bob completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Rochester with a dual Math/Physics major. A results-driven Performance Improvement Professional with diverse healthcare, manufacturing, MRO, and technical background, he has significant experience appraising under-performing companies, developing and executing highly successful improvement strategies based upon the integration of Lean, Six Sigma, and Constraints Management methodology.

    Bob is the author of six books: The Secret to Maximizing Profitability: A Business Novel on How to Successfully Combine The Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma to Drive Profit Margins to New Levels; The Focus and Leverage Improvement Book; The Problem-Solving, Problem-Prevention, and Decision-Making Guide: Organized and Systematic Roadmaps for Managers; The Ultimate Improvement Cycle: Maximizing Profits Through the Integration of Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints; Process Problem Solving: A Guide for Maintenance and Operations Teams; Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma Improvement Methodology: Making the Case for Integration.

    He is the co-author of Epiphanized: A Novel on Unifying Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma, 2nd Edition; Focus and Leverage: The Critical Methodology for Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma (TLS); and The New Beginning: A Business Novel on How to Successfully Implement the Combination of The Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Six Sigma to Drive Profit Margins.