Steve Holt

Steve Holt has been a manager, engineer, instructor and/or internal consultant in a large aerospace company for many years. In the 1980s he was first introduced to ideas of Quality Improvement and that started a learning journey that included Total Quality Management, Systems Thinking, TRIZ, Lean, Agile and Theory of Constraints. But he was still nagged by the question: With all the smart people in the world and all these wonderful methods, why do we still have trouble getting things done? This led into studies of Complexity, the Cynefin Framework, Mission Command, Critical Thinking and Red Team analysis. Rather than switching alliances when he learns a new approach, he continues to blend them together. This continues to show beneficial synergies.

The Theory of Constraints has been Steve’s primary improvement method since he took his first Constraints Management course at Washington State University in 1997. He is  currently an Associate Professor teaching Constraints Management at the WSU. He has been a member of the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization since 2003 and was a member of the TOCICO board of directors from 2010 to 2016. He has been part of a number of TOC implementations, many of which have been presented at TOCICO conferences. He gave the first introductory presentation on the CynefinTM Framework to the TOC community at the TOCICO 2010 annual conference. He had a “15 seconds of fame” experience when Dr. Eli Goldratt reacted (positively) to that presentation. Steve is a strong believer in the value and benefits of both TOC and CynefinTM and is looking forward to the opportunity to explore their interaction.

  • Company:Woodinville, Washington
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