M104 - Goldratt & the Theory of Constraints


In this module, we introduce the improvement methodology that Simplified Drum-Buffer-Rope (SDBR) is drawn from - the Theory of Constraints (TOC) - and its founder, Dr Eliyahu M. Goldratt. This helps to place SDBR in the proper context and credit those responsible for creating this incredibly powerful approach to organisation - and in this specific case, manufacturing - improvement.

We also recommend some pre-reading to help you make the most of the learning offered in this course. It is, of course, optional for you to do this but highly recommended.

What you should do

  1. Read the learning objectives carefully.
  2. Watch the video below and make your own notes.
  3. Review the Unit Notes.
  4. Refer back to the learning objectives to ensure you have satisfied each one.
  5. Complete the assignment.

What you should know

At the end of this lesson you should understand:

  1. The context from which SDBR is drawn.
  2. Who is responsible for creating SDBR.

M104 - Goldratt & the Theory of Constraints

Unit notes

  1. Click here to download the unit handouts.

M104 Assignment - Pre-reading

This assignment is OPTIONAL but RECOMMENDED.

In this assignment, we encourage you to complete some pre-reading that will enable you to make the most of the learning experience offered by this course.

Firstly, if you haven't already, we strongly recommend you read Dr Eli Goldratt's classic business novel 'The Goal'. Unlike stereotypical dry management textbooks, Goldratt explains the principles of TOC through a page turner of a novel. Highly recommended introductory text to TOC.

Goldratt's article 'Standing on the shoulders of giants' examines the differences and similarities between Ford's Mass Production system, Ohno's Toyota Production System and Goldratt's Simplified Drum-Buffer -Rope approach. It is a superb read for a manufacturing professional keen to further develop their understanding and capability.

To download a copy of Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, click here.

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