The theory of constraints is an important tool for improving process flows. The implications of the theory are far reaching in terms of understanding bottlenecks to a process and better managing these bottlenecks to create an efficient process flow.
The theory of constraints is based on the idea that to improve a system or process one must find and address the one most limiting aspect of the system. While that may be understandable, getting from theory to application is not intuitively obvious.
In order to achieve maximum and consistent returns with Lean Six Sigma, combine LSS with systems thinking and TOC into a single continuous improvement approach.
This article offers examples of how TOC and its focus on throughput can lead to faster process improvements.
Theory of constraints provides a creative approach to find and define the real pain ailing an organization, and enables a better alignment of Lean Six Sigma projects and resources.
It may help to integrate Lean Six Sigma with the Theory of Constraints to help focus project efforts on the areas that are hampering business.
Many Six Sigma companies experience challenges in their effort to calculate and allocate benefits from throughput projects, where bottlenecks shift from one process to another. Employing the theory of constraints provides an effective solution.