The Logical Thinking Process:
A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving
In 1996, Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement, was the first book to explain in detail the inner workings of the logic trees of the logical thinking process developed in the early 1990s by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. In the last 11 years since Bill Dettmer wrote this ground-breaking book, the thinking process has evolved. And so have the teaching methods and techniques for using it.
Now the sum total of Dettmer's eleven years of experience teaching and applying the thinking process are captured in this one volume, which, for the first time, includes unrestricted, full-capability graphic software, Transformation Logic Trees, v. 1.0, enabling readers to construct and share the trees they create using the book. (See sample screenshot, below)
With a new introduction, preface, a newly-added chapter on Intermediate Objectives (IO) Maps, a chapter on change implementation, and almost all new examples and illustrative trees, The Logical Thinking Process is the last word in logical systemic problem solving. New easier-to-use procedures and improved explanations of each of the logic trees make this book an essential learning tool for anyone seeking to master the thinking process. Succinct checklists and incisive illustrations make this book a powerful desk reference.
The addition of an appendix on how to simplify complex Current and Future Reality Trees for executive presentation makes the use of the thinking process for persuasion of decision makers truly practical for the first time.
The introduction of the Intermediate Objectives Map as a starting point for any logical system analysis streamlines the construction and improves the quality of Current Reality Trees. What once often took days now takes only a few hours, and is of better quality upon completion. The IO Map also makes the development of robust Evaporating Clouds (conflict resolution diagrams) faster, easier, and more likely to reflect reality.
There is something substantial in this book for readers of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints as well as readers new to the thinking process altogether. (NOTE: Since it will replace the original, when The Logical Thinking Process is released, Quality Press will take Goldratt's Theory of Constraints out of print.)
Historically, a training course in the thinking process has taken as much as ten days or longer. With The Logical Thinking Process as the foundation, this time can be reduced by nearly half, to six days...while also covering more material.
The Logical Thinking Process will be offered at a member discount by the American Society for Quality, and at retail price by Amazon. com, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers . Click HERE to order.
Transformation Logic Trees Screen Shot (Click HERE to go to the TLT web site)