TOC Theory of Constraints

Having read “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt some time ago after an introduction to the book by Andrew Byers. I have used the theory to look at process, projects and companies with results that have shown the validity of the theory.

The system also has parallels with the concept of flow expressed by the likes of Roger Hamilton and many other current business thinkers. TOC has a simple five step process for application.

The Five Steps Are:

  1. Identify The Constraints
  2. Decide How to Exploit It
  3. Subordinate all other process to it
  4. Elevate the Constraint
  5. Repeat the Process

Here is a quick outline of the process by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.

4 Comments
  • PM Hut
    October 14, 2009

    Ian, speaking about constraints, I have recently published a beginner article on the Project Management Triple Constraint, for some reason, nobody agrees with the concept of the triple constraint anymore. Check the comments…

  • Project Management Software
    October 14, 2009

    Interesting article on PM Hut, thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Ian Burgess
    October 14, 2009

    I think the “Triple Constraint” is now seen as a high level idea and many of us focus and track multiple constraints separately which would have previously been see as one of the three. The Iron Triangle is a sound but Project Management has just become more detailed and progressed.

  • Nash
    October 22, 2009

    If any from who is willing to have project management in the firm but not able to get the right tools then the firm should also go for the constraints .

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