Paying attention

On his deathbed, Eli Goldratt was asked if he could advise, in the most general terms, where one should be looking for the constraint. After all, if the constraint governs the rate at which we create value, wouldn’t it help to know where it consistently shows up?


Debottlenecking your contracting strategy

You want to deliver superior project outcomes, on time or early, on budget or below—with all the scope the project called for. You have to rely on outside organisations to provide products and services. What’s your ideal contracting strategy?


The 5-Step FOCUS – Start Again

‘Avoid inertia. Start again.’ Those were Goldratt’s exact words for the final focusing step. Once you’ve made an investment of money, time and effort, the constraint will move. Ideally, you’ll find it where you intended.


mediumThe 5-Step FOCUS – Uplift system performance

Once you’ve squeezed all the blood you can from a stone, it’s time to get more stones. In its essence, that’s what the uplift step is all about.


The 5-Step FOCUS – Collaborate Around the Constraint

While it may be desirable to be liked when asking people with whom you work to collaborate, it is not always necessary, and it is never sufficient.


The 5 Step Focus – Optimise the Constraint

All improvement is change, but not all change is an improvement. We can optimise sales, or marketing, or manufacturing, or supply chain, or HR, or IT. Indeed, you can optimise any subsystem of your organisation. But how will it affect your business outcome?


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