Thinking Processes 2.0 

3-Module Intensive Program to learn and practice new knowledge on TOC Thinking Processes


Why is there a need for the program Thinking Processes 2.0?

In the last 6 years Jelena has generated and published massive new knowledge on how to drastically improve quality of working with the central TOC Thinking Processes tools – Clouds, assumptions, injections, the negative branch, the positive branch, logical clusters ‘if…then…because’, the Layers of Resistance, and the Strategy and Tactics Tree.

This new knowledge includes:

  • the typology of frequent mistakes and difficulties in constructing different types of Clouds (in structure, wording and logic);
  • the typology of mistakes in surfacing assumptions under logical connections in the Cloud;
  • the rules to recognize and avoid such mistakes and overcome difficulties;
  • the meaning and mechanics of assumptions behind
  • clear instructions how to produce better quality Clouds and assumptions;
  • the detailed process of challenging assumptions and developing Injections;
  • the rules for correct wording of UnDesirable Effects (UDEs);
  • the typical mistakes and difficulties in constructing UDE Clouds and how to avoid them;
  • the detailed rules for consolidating UDE clouds;
  • the more straightforward, robust and significantly faster process of constructing a good quality Negative Branch;
  • the quick and reliable process of building a Positive Branch to identify all necessary conditions for achieving an ambitious target;
  • the clear and reliable process of how to respectfully solve a severe conflict between two sides;
  • the techniques for recognizing the Layer of Resistance from the language the person uses in response to a suggestion;
  • the techniques for reconstructing Clouds and assumptions from a suggestion/Injection/idea;
  • the techniques for justifying a suggestion/decision;
  • the rules and techniques for constructing the S&T structure;
  • the rules for vertical relationship between the boxes (steps) in the S&T Tree;
  • the rules and techniques for the correct content of the 5 entities of the S&T box (step);
  • the rules for the relationship between the entities in the S&T box.

This knowledge DID NOT EXIST BEFORE. Jelena has recorded her developments in the four rigorous books: Behind the Cloud, Through Clouds to Solutions, Mistakes and Difficulties in Working with TOC Logical Tools, and A Good Strategy and Tactic Tree.

The objective of the 3-module program Thinking Processes 2.0 is to give participants thorough exposure to the new knowledge and to take them through rigorous practicing of rules and techniques.  

Thinking Processes 2.0 is conducted as a joint tutorship by Jelena and Oded with intensive tutor-student interaction in the following formats:

  • classroom program in a mini-group of maximum 6 participants
  • on-line learning in a group of maximum 3 participants (conducted on request).

Registration and information: jelena@tocexpert.com

The 2017 Classroom European Program Thinking Processes 2.0 takes place in Tallinn, Estonia, in September-December


Module 1: October 5-7 – Dilemma Cloud, Assumptions, Developing Injections, UDEs, UDE Cloud, Consolidation

  • the typology of frequent mistakes and difficulties in constructing different types of Clouds (in structure, wording and logic);
  • the typology of mistakes in surfacing assumptions under logical connections in the Cloud;
  • the rules to recognize and avoid such mistakes and overcome difficulties;
  • the meaning and mechanics of assumptions behind
  • clear instructions how to produce better quality Clouds and assumptions;
  • the detailed process of challenging assumptions and developing Injections;
  • the rules for correct wording of UnDesirable Effects (UDEs);
  • the typical mistakes and difficulties in constructing UDE Clouds and how to avoid them;
  • the detailed rules for consolidating UDE clouds.

Module 2:  November 2-4 – practical work on UDE Clouds and Consolidated Clouds developed after module 1, working with Negative Branch Reservation (NBR) and Positive Branch, solving the Two-Sided Conflict Cloud, working with Obstacles and IOs 

  • constructing and checking good UDE Clouds;
  • the process of meaningful consolidation;
  • the more straightforward, robust and significantly faster process of constructing a good quality Negative Branch;
  • the quick and reliable process of building a Positive Branch to identify all necessary conditions for achieving an ambitious target;
  • the step-by-step reliable process of how to effectively solve a severe conflict between two sides;
  • working with Obstacles and Intermediate Objectives
  • the techniques for recognizing the Layer of Resistance from the language the person uses in response to a suggestion;
  • the techniques for reconstructing Clouds and assumptions from a suggestion/Injection/idea.

Module 3: Building a good Strategy and Tactic Tree

  • the techniques for justifying a suggestion/decision;
  • the rules and techniques for constructing the S&T structure;
  • the rules for vertical relationship between the boxes (steps) in the S&T Tree;
  • the rules and techniques for the correct content of the 5 entities of the S&T box (step);
  • the techniques how to distinguish between the tree types of assumptions in an S&T box (step);
  • the rules for the relationship between the entities in the S&T box.

Registration and information: jelena@tocexpert.com