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The Theory of Constraints is a methodological approach for isolating the most significant barrier or bottleneck in a process and then eliminating it in a systematic fashion.
The Theory of Constraints takes a systemic view of organizations and posits that manufacturing processes, in particular, are linked through various activities, one of which constrains the system more than any other and serves as the weakest link in the activity chain. Until the constraint is resolved, the process or value chain will not significantly improve and desired results will not be obtained. The Theory of Constraints provides a set of tools for overcoming these constraints, including the Five Focusing Steps, which is an approach for isolating and eradicating constraints, the Thinking Processes, which are tools for assessing and overcoming constraints, and Throughput Accounting, which is a performance measurement methodology. The goals of implementing the Theory of Constraints are to drive profit, efficiency, rapid improvement, and reductions in inventory.
Theory of Constraints includes various process mapping tools associated with its methodology.
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