44 episodes

Welcome to the Counterpoint podcast, brought you by the Vector Consulting Group.
Each episode will explore how a Systems approach and the Thinking Processes of Theory of Constraints, can be combined to design breakthrough solutions for complex and chronic business problems across industry segments. The focus of each podcast is to validate the theoretical constructs behind these innovative solutions and to discuss the practical aspects of implementing them.

Counterpoint Podcast Vector Consulting Group

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Welcome to the Counterpoint podcast, brought you by the Vector Consulting Group.
Each episode will explore how a Systems approach and the Thinking Processes of Theory of Constraints, can be combined to design breakthrough solutions for complex and chronic business problems across industry segments. The focus of each podcast is to validate the theoretical constructs behind these innovative solutions and to discuss the practical aspects of implementing them.

    Ep#43 All improvement projects may not add value: How to do less and yet gain more

    Ep#43 All improvement projects may not add value: How to do less and yet gain more

    It is not uncommon for companies to have multiple improvement initiatives underway at the same time. But very often these projects are delayed or don’t deliver the results envisaged when they were initiated!  Vector has helped many companies undertake very successful transformation projects.

    So, in this 'less than ten minutes' episode Kiran Kothekar, Founding Director, shares a story of his meeting with the MD of an FMCG company, to ​illustrate why so many improvement initiatives fail and what leaders can do to get quantum improvements to happen in their organizations in the shortest possible time

    To understand more about why less is more when it comes to improvement projects read:https://www.vectorconsulting.in/blog/systems-thinking-innovation/too-many-cooks-spoil-the-growth/

    • 9 min
    Ep#42 Not so Agile: Challenges in Software Development

    Ep#42 Not so Agile: Challenges in Software Development

    In this podcast we visit the challenges posed by Waterfall and Agile (scrum), the most popular methodologies for software development.

    While examining Agile, Anantha helps us question some of the assumptions behind few of its practices like - working with small ‘self-sufficient’ teams, keeping design and requirements fluid & use of standard sprint cycles.

    He describes how by understanding the wrong assumptions, and by exposing the generic conflict underlying all software development processes, a truly agile software development method can be evolved. Tune in!

    Read more about the generic conflict underlying all software development processes here: https://www.vectorconsulting.in/blog/pull-solution-for-projects/not-so-agile/

    • 28 min
    Ep#41 Conversations with Business Leaders: Antony Cherukara, CEO, VST Tillers Tractors

    Ep#41 Conversations with Business Leaders: Antony Cherukara, CEO, VST Tillers Tractors

    Agri-equipment manufacturing companies tend to have a major challenge in managing operations since demand is significantly dependent on seasons, level of rainfall, festivals, etc. Mr.Antony Cherukara, discusses how by adopting a pull-based supply chain, companies can become flexible enough to adjust themselves to changing market demand in such a way that sales loss for the company can be prevented while simultaneously de-stressing operations both for​ themselves and their suppliers. Tune in!

    To find out more about how destress supply chains by buffering it from demand fluctuations please read:

    https://www.vectorconsulting.in/research-publications/equipment-manufacturing/revving-up-the-agri-equipment-business/

    • 8 min
    Ep#40 Pharma Operations: Supply Chain Challenges and Sustainable Ways to Overcome them

    Ep#40 Pharma Operations: Supply Chain Challenges and Sustainable Ways to Overcome them

    In this episode of the Counterpoint Podcast, we bring into focus the challenges that the pandemic has caused on the already disrupted supply chains of pharma companies in India and across the world.

    Achal Pande first gives us an analogy from the way train networks function to explain the real challenge with pharma operations. This makes it super-easy to understand the core problem in this environment. He then discusses how all the challenges can be sustainably eliminated to improve lead time and increase output. This will enable companies to respond with agility to changes in demand. Tune in!

    For more details please visit:

    https://www.vectorconsulting.in/big-idea/accelerated-pharma-manufacturing/

    • 20 min
    Ep#39 Mystery Analysis (Part 2): Understand how to measure, detect and analyse a mystery

    Ep#39 Mystery Analysis (Part 2): Understand how to measure, detect and analyse a mystery

    In the last episode on Mystery Analysis, we set the groundwork for why and how to do an analysis that would help us reveal the causality behind our post-implementation results. We also touched upon two concepts or approaches that could be used for detecting the mystery. This episode goes into details of these methods and subsequent steps to be followed. Tune in!

    A useful article to read while trying to understand the nature of 'cause and effect' can be found here: https://www.vectorconsulting.in/blog/systems-thinking-innovation/thinking-clearly/

    • 20 min
    Ep#38 Mystery Analysis: Understand the hidden causality when there is mismatch between prior expectations and post Implementation results

    Ep#38 Mystery Analysis: Understand the hidden causality when there is mismatch between prior expectations and post Implementation results

    We are back with the Thinking Processes series. In the last episode of the series, we had promised to discuss about 'Mystery Analysis'. So, this episode elucidates the kind of analysis that is required to be done post-implementation of a change initiative if the results do not match expectations. If results are lower, then this analysis is needed to take necessary precautions in the future. It is also equally important to do the analysis if we get better than expected results. This will help replicate it in the future.

    Tune in to understand why we need Mystery Analysis and the best approach for such an analysis.

    • 17 min

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