Theory of Constraints - Do It Yourself Kit for Small & Medium Size Enterprises for Projects
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Theory of Constraints - Do It Yourself Kit for Small & Medium Size Enterprises for Projects

Step by step guide for Business Owners, Managers, Consultants and TOC Implementers

About the Book

This eBook is an instruction manual for implementing Theory of Constraints' "Critical Chain" solution for Projects.

This eBook is targeted at Business Owners, Managers, Consultants and Implementers.

It gives step by step guidance on "How To" implement Critical Chain.

If you are engaged in Projects, and you are struggling to deliver the projects on time, within Budget and with full scope, and your project lead time is increasing over a period of time, this eBook can certainly help you.

About the Author

Rajeev Athavale
Rajeev Athavale

I am a TOC consultant. I teach and implement TOC. I have been studying and trying TOC over a decade.

I am an ardent fan of ToC. For past few years, reading about TOC has moved me from “I am impressed” to “I like it” to “I want to know more…”. I did not realize when it became a passion for me. Now, I eat, sleep, walk and breath TOC.

By sheer accident, I came across the famous book “The Goal” and that changed my life. I went on reading Goldratt’s next book “Its not luck” and thereafter I read all his books. Fortunately, Internet is a great source of information and it opened up the wealth of knowledge for me.

As I did more and more research on TOC, I felt the need for crystallizing and documenting the knowledge that I gained. I created my own training material and conducted a two-day workshop on TOC in my company. Thanks to Internet, I kept on enriching my Training material.

Apart from my own consulting, I had the opportunity to work on a large TOC implementation called "Viable Vision". The project was implemented by Goldratt Consulting.

As a part of the project, I had undergone training from various experts from Goldratt Schools such as Oded Cohen, Mickey Granot, Philip Wiljoen, Eli Schragenheim, Humberto Baptista, Kiran Kothekar and Martin Powell.

Apart from the training and on the job experience, study of Goldratt’s webcast, Strategy & Tactics Trees, TOC Insights, TOC Simulators (GSIM, MICSS, PM SIM, and Distribution), TOC Games and TOC SLPs have helped me to enrich his TOC related knowledge.

My passion for learning, experimenting, sharing knowledge and achieving results continues...

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Table of Contents

  • Copyright Information
  • This book is dedicated to
  • Preface
  • I am thankful to…
  • How to Go About Implementing
  • Check the Symptoms
  • Overview
    • The Vicious Cycle
    • How to Reverse the Vicious Cycle – The Solution
  • Assumptions
  • Chapter 1 : Gather Data
  • Chapter 2 : Balance the Workload
    • Determine the project priorities:
    • Freeze the projects having lower priority
  • Chapter 3 : Accelerate Project Completion
  • Chapter 4 : Full-kit Preparation
  • Chapter 5 : Build Planning Templates
  • Chapter 6 : Plan Open Projects
    • Single Project Environment
    • Multi-Project Environment
  • Chapter 7 : Stagger Projects
  • Chapter 8 : Task Assignments and Execution
  • Chapter 9 : Establish Buffer Management System
  • Chapter 10 : Decide Task Priorities
  • Chapter 11 : Follow Execution Rules
    • Rules for Resources
    • Rules for Task Managers
    • Rules for Project Managers / Functional Managers / Resource Managers
    • Rules for Top Management
  • Chapter 12 : Buffer Sizing
  • Chapter 13 : Re-planning
  • Chapter 14 : Defrost the Frozen Projects
  • Chapter 15 : Check the progress
  • Chapter 16 : Releasing New Projects
  • Chapter 17 : Check the progress
  • Chapter 18 : Managing sub-contractors
  • Chapter 19 : Managing Critical Purchased Materials
    • Material Purchased for Projects
    • Materials Purchased For Stock
  • Chapter 20 : Capacity Elevation
  • Chapter 21 : Check the progress
  • Available Software: (In random order)
  • Appendix A - Overview of Five Focusing Steps
    • Step 1: Identify the Constraint
      • What is Constraint?
      • How do you find the Constraint?
      • Types of Constraints
    • Step 2: Decide How to Exploit the Constraint
    • Step 3: Subordinate Everything Else (to the Above Decision)
      • What is subordination?
      • How easy or difficult is to subordinate?
      • What does subordination practically mean?
    • Step 4: (Evaluate Various Alternatives to) Elevate the Constraint
    • Step 5: Go back to Step 1 (Do not let the inertia to set in).
    • How do you know that you are managing the Constraint?
      • Identifying the Constraint
      • Time Management
      • Customer Service Level
      • Utilization
      • Improvement
      • Inventory
      • Cash flow
  • Appendix B - Bibliography
  • Appendix C - Outcomes Based Planning

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