Hi everyone, I’m starting to develop a very short course that introduces a newbie to the Theory of Constraints – in less than an hour! That’s the challenge anyway!
My thinking is this – imagine you get a new colleague start on your team. They’ve never heard of TOC and look at you real strange when you mention it. Like you’re cultist or something. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. So, how do you, in less than an hour, totally brainwash them, er… …sorry, I meant GET THEM UP TO SPEED ON TOC? 🙂
That’s the objective of this course. A 45-60min video that you can sit them in front of and that explains the basic thinking and principles behind what is now quite a large body of knowledge. There’ll be some additional bells and whistles should they want to explore further but that’s basically it.
At the end of the hour you’ll have someone who knows what you’re talking about and actually thinks you’re really smart.
So far, this is what I’m thinking:
- How this course works
- Learning objectives
- What determines the output of a system? Introducing the idea of constraints or ‘the weakest link in the chain’ using a simple graphical model
- Goal orientated systems – why do systems exist? Three goals – owners, employees, & customers.
- Key measures – throughput, inventory and operating expenses and the correct prioritisation
- The Five Focusing Steps and how they apply to the simple model.
- Where is TOC used today? Functions and industries.
- How did TOC develop? Short Goldratt bio.
- How do I learn more about TOC? Reading recommendations, The Goal, etc.
- How do I get more help? Recommendations
What do you think? What have I missed out? What else would improve it? Stories? Analogies I’d love to hear your feedback (feel free to comment below or direct, both are fine).