I have written about the theory of constraints in the past. The main gist of the book is to identify bottleneck or limitations in an organization. Once you find a restriction, work can be done to mitigate the effects of that obstacle. It seems common sense, but in the rush and frustration of our daily jobs, we often miss these common sense approaches.
Goldratt shows his most revealing insight. The mitigation of constraints follows a clear and easy to reproduce the process. The process is as follows:
- Identify the system's constraint.
- Decide how to exploit the system constraint
- Subordinate everything else to the above decisions
- Elevate the system constraint
- If in the previous steps a constraint have been broken return to step 1, but do not allow inertia to cause a system constraint.
I have been struggling with the notion of exploiting and subordinating a constraint. Fortunately, the theory of constraints has plenty of academic support and an excellent blog about these five steps. I look forward to using them at my firm.
Until next time.