The definition of a constraint in Theory of Constraints (TOC) has varied as the corpus grew and matured. Still today it is confusing for newbies to sort out what is meant with “constraint”, depending how they got their basics in TOC. Thanks to Eli Schragenheim, one of TOC’s founding fathers, and the related post on … Continue reading Schragenheim’s concise history of constraints
Startups are hype. I started asking myself how long known methodologies or management philosophies like Lean or Theory of Constraints can possibly help starting companies? When Eli Schragenheim visited our offices in Paris, France, in October 2015, I fetched the opportunity to ask him this question: How can Theory of Constraints help Startups? In this … Continue reading Eli Schragenheim on How can Theory of Constraints help Startups?
Since the publishing of early books on Theory of Constraints, the world grew more complex and the system’s constraint got more and more elusive. Globalization and extended supply chains give a constraint opportunity to settle literally anywhere in the world and extend its nature. It can be a physical transformation process in a supplier’s facility, … Continue reading How to identify the constraint of a system? Part 4
I was fortunate to interview Eli Schragenheim, well-known expert of Theory of Constraints, during his visit in our offices in Paris, October 2015. This interview is about the 6 questions to challenge, question, test or frame any new development of technology, product or service. These 6 questions are: What value does it bring? What current … Continue reading 6 questions to frame your brilliant development idea
Startups are hype. I started asking myself how long known methodologies or management philosophies like Lean or Theory of Constraints can possibly help starting companies? In this series, I’ll try to answer this question. Eli Schragenheim on How can Theory of Constraints help Startups? When the renown expert Eli Schragenheim visited our offices in Paris, France, … Continue reading How can Theory of Constraints help Startups? Introduction
In Theory of Constraints lingo, there is a subtle difference between a constraint and a bottleneck. A bottleneck (resource) is a resource with capacity less or equal to demand while a constraint is a limiting factor to organization’s performance, an obstacle to the organization achieving its goal. A constraint can be called bottleneck but a … Continue reading Constraint vs. bottleneck