Exercise № 3

Try it and see!

What does good planning taste like?

You’ll never know what something tastes like if you don’t give it a try.
Take a seat, please! In this exercise we’ve set the table so that you can acquire a taste for it. A good menu starts with a greeting from the chef to get you in the mood and to point you in the right direction. And this is precisely what we recommend when it comes to your planning.

Do you perhaps already use software for optimization purposes? Or are you not sure whether your processes and/or your data are suitable for planning optimization? You might also think that you simply don’t have the time to try out something new?

These concerns are all understandable and why we propose the following: try out an OPTANO appetizer before ordering the full menu. There are a lot of good reasons why you should consider new ideas or innovations for your planning before you make a firm decision. How would you feel if we told you that the chances of OPTANO appealing to you would be significantly high?

Unit 1

Be curious and stay curious: trying something new requires you to be daring. Are you a traditionalist, an experimentalist or would you perhaps even class yourself as a pioneer?

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Unit 2

Acquire the taste: You’re guaranteed improved results in the vast majority of your cases. This is how our feasibility study works.

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Unit 1

Unit 1:
Train your open-mindedness

Be curious and
stay curious

Test your innovativeness

Test your innovativeness

A passion for innovation is mostly kept within limits in our day-to-day work. This is often justified, but sometimes it isn’t. After all, it is always the innovations that drive a company and its departments forward. Train your innovativeness with the help of our culinary game based on the concept of licorice.

Why licorice, of all things? Well, you can’t describe the taste of licorice. You have to try it first. Come a bit nearer and see how bold you are by trying the three licorice recipes in this unit. You’re not a fan of licorice? We’ll see about that!

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Recipe 1: The Traditionalist
Apple and licorice

Closely based on grandma’s home cooking and long established as a sweet snack, licorice presents itself here in a rather traditional manner. This is to your liking. You need dependable parameters for you to gradually venture towards innovations. That isn’t necessarily wrong. After all, you then know what you’re letting yourself in for. Bon appetit!

Serves 6:

  • 100 g flour
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 3 Tbsp licorice powder
  • 2.5 kg cooking apples

Peel and slice the apples (approx. 1cm thick) and place them in an ovenproof dish. Rub together the sugar, butter, licorice powder and  flour until the dough crumbles. Sprinkle the crumb mix over the apples. Bake in a pre-heated oven (180°c) for 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream.

Recipe courtesy of kadó – specialized licorice store, Berlin (www.kado.de)

Recipe 2: The experimentalist
Risotto with creamed goat cheese and licorice sauce

A unique culinary experience with contrasting ingredients, that sounds exciting! This is just up your street because you’re interested in unusual solution approaches and are willing to give them a go. This is a good characteristic when it comes to dealing with innovations creatively. Have fun with mixing and matching!

Serves 4:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 celery stick
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 400 g risotto rice
  • 2 glasses of white wine
  • 1-1.5l chicken stock
  • 80 g Parmesan cheese
  • 70 g butter
  • salt und pepper
  • 1 tsp pure licorice, e.g. cachou or licorice powder
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 2 l chicken stock
  • cornflour to thicken
  • salt and pepper
  • 150g creamed goat cheese

Dice the onion and celery, finely chop the garlic and sauté with half of the butter until soft. Add the rice and stir for one minute. Add the white wine and continue to stir. When the wine has evaporated, add a ladle of boiling chicken stock and keep stirring until this has also evaporated. Proceed in this way until the rice is cooked, but still al dente. Remove the pot from the stove and gently stir in the rest of the butter as well as the grated parmesan, season with salt and pepper. Leave to stand covered with the lid for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile dissolve the cachou in white wine and chicken stock at low heat. When the risotto is ready, bring to the boil and thicken with approx. one tsp cornflour. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a portion of risotto to each plate, garnish with the creamed goat cheese and a few drops of licorice sauce. Serve with zucchini fried in olive oil.

Recipe courtesy of kadó – specialized licorice store, Berlin (www.kado.de)

Recipe 3: The Pioneer
Chicken with licorice

The taste of licorice is the leading actor here. A recipe with the willingness to fundamentally rethink things. Experimenting comes naturally to you and you like to associate a fresh approach with traditional recipes. This is a good quality trait in order to introduce innovations consistently. Welcome to award-winning cuisine!

Serves 4:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 lemon leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 50 g flour
  • 2 heaped tbsp licorice powder

Cut the chicken into bite-size chunks and finely chop the lemon leaves. Marinate the meat in the oil together with the lemon leaves and the pepper for several hours (or overnight). After this, mix together the flour and the licorice powder, coat the chicken pieces on all sides in the mixture and then fry.

Serve with rice and a salad of young spinach leaves on a light olive oil and lemon vinaigrette or fresh Asian-style vegetables sautéed in soy sauce.

Recipe courtesy of kadó – specialized licorice store, Berlin (www.kado.de)


»Don’t believe anything until you’ve tried it. You can only find out which planning model is right for you unless you give it a try.

Unit 2

Unit 2:
Feasibility study

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The recipe for your success

Quite often you are closer to reaching the solution than you think. Our feasibility study is what the name implies. We show you what is feasible for you and your optimization project. No more, no less!

The best news: in the vast majority of cases you can see a significant improvement in your results when you deploy OPTANO.

The second best news: as a result of our feasibility study we identify the weak areas and bottlenecks in your processes and offer sound solutions.

How you get there? Easy! We have provided a checklist for you to download. It contains steps on how to implement the study at your own premises and answers your questions on how to assess internal costs. Step 2 shows you how to contact our consultants.


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»If you always do the same thing, you’re missing out on the chance of getting better results.«

Homework № 3

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Homework № 3: Find the missing numbers

Finally! Homework that you actually enjoy doing! As mathematicians and software engineers, we love solving puzzles. This is why we would like you to solve a little brain teaser at the end of each exercise.

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