Is it easy to understand the Theory of Constraints, TOC?

Know your “constraints”
by Vector Consulting Group

Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a plant manager on the subject of the Theory of Constraints. He claimed to know the subject well. “I practice it almost every day,” he said.”

It is nothing but fancy jargon for what is essentially common sense,” he added with a wink. He knew he was talking to a TOC practitioner who had put in 15 years implementing the paradigm in different organizations.

Don’t feel insulted, he seemed to say with the wink. To me, the comments were amusing; I had encountered the attitude before. “Can you please elaborate on how you practice it daily?” I asked. “Well I always identify the constraints, and remove them to improve the environment,” he replied in a patronizing tone.

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