In this two day workshop, Lewis shares common sense and practical solutions drawn from the advanced management principle of Theory of Constraints.
As Managers, Theory of Constraints will help you get the most from your available resources, delaying or avoiding investment in added resources and simplifying and better targeting problem solving and improvement activities. Theory of Constraints addresses the challenge of “Unlocking Value” by leveraging your Constraints be it a Resource Constraint, a Policy Constraint, as well as a Market Constraint.
Day 1: The ‘Building Blocks’
The core concept of the Theory of Constraints is that every process has a single constraint and that total process throughput can only be improved when the constraint is improved. The methodology consist of 6 steps known as the building blocks:
- Define the Systems’ “Goal”
- Identify the constraint (bottleneck)- part of process that limits the
rate at which the goal is achieved.
- Exploit the constraint - make quick improvements to increase
throughput (using existing resources).
- Subordinate to the constraint – rearrange/review activities within
the process to support the constraint.
- Elevate the constraint- what actions are required to prevent the
constraint, innovation and/or capital investment
- Repeat (identify the constraint)-continual improvement loop
Day 2: Leveraging Business Improvement
Managing Performance KPI’s by understanding the behavioural axiom, recognising the benefits of TOC to link local decisions with system performance and applying the TOC approach to KPI’s.
Synchronised Scheduling through the ‘Drum-Buffer-Rope’ Method of resource management, developing schedules around constraints with protection through work buffers, and incorporating the ‘Pull’ and ‘Flow’ concepts of LEAN training.
Who Should Attend?
This course is designed to support senior and middle managers responsible for effectively delivering goals. This is an essential tool for managers who are responsible for improving throughput, reducing backlogs and process lead times, reducing and simplifying expediting in an operating system.