Thinking for a Change

Lisa Scheinkopf



Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Intermediate and Introductory


272 pages

Designed for:

Managers, Academics, Business owners, Consultants and Executives


Thinking Processes


Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Products, Education, Healthcare, Information Technology / Telecommunications, Logistics, Manufacturing, Public sector, Retail and Services


Thinking Processes, Current Reality Tree, Evaporating Cloud, Future Reality Tree / Negative Branch and Pre-requisite Tree / IO Map




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After an overview of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and the types of constraints that exist in any organization, the reader is led through the step-by-step process of the two foundational thinking methods on which the Thinking Processes are based. The reader can then use the book as a field guide, learning the five processes as needed, based on his or her own particular issues.

The book begins with an overview of the constraint-based perspective on systems and organizations, commonly referred to as the theory of constraints or synchronous management. 

The first section will guide you through the fundamental principles and processes that are the backbone of the thinking process application tools. 

The second section contains the step-by-step guidelines for each of the five thinking process application tools. These tools utilize sufficient cause thinking and necessary condition thinking. 

Third section introduces two ways that two or more of the thinking process application tools are combined, providing robust processes for the understanding and communicating problems and solutions.

This book can be used as a field guide to learning the five thinking process application tools as needed, based on their own particular issues. You will have a full understanding of the theory and practical application of these powerful processes, including when and when not to use each tool. The total benefit is not just to apply the thinking process, but to develop intuition and have the ability to combine logic and intuition in the same thinking process.


  • The Theory of Constraints
  • First Steps
  • Sufficient Cause: Effect-cause-effect
  • The categories of legitimate reservation
  • Necessary condition thinking
  • Transition tree
  • Future reality tree
  • Current reality tree
  • Evaporating clouds
  • Prerequisite tree
  • The full analysis
  • Communication current reality tree