Do not confuse bottlenecks and problems

"Wandering bottlenecks" do not really exist...

 

Among the numerous assignments where Philip Marris was involved, he states that he has hardly ever encountered any real "wandering bottlenecks". However, his clients are often convinced of the existence of such constraints at the beginning of our action plans. In reality in these cases, the leaders (production or plant directors) had the illusion of identifying the right bottleneck when they faced important punctual or chronic problems. As a reminder, according to the Theory of Constraints, the constraint of the system is the the resource that has, on average, a capacity equal to or less than the demand placed upon it. The 5 "focusing steps", presented in The Goal, are specific to Bottleneck management and are not at all suitable to solve these spotted punctual or chronic issues.

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Marris Consulting is an expert in the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM). As industry consultants, we are focused on helping process and manufacturing industries reach their highest levels of performance by using Constraints Management  combined with Lean and Six Sigma. We also use Critical Chain Project Management which we sometimes combine with Lean engineering to improve project performance. If you are unsure about the actions which need to be implemented to improve operational efficiency, our industrial management consultants can also conduct a performance audit. Furthermore, our experts host numerous Theory of Constraints (ToC), lean and project management training sessions throughout the year.

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Marris Consulting is an industry consulting and training company specialized in the Theory of Constraints (ToC) and Critical Chain Project Management. We focus on improving the performance of manufacturing and process industries by using Constraints Management combined with Lean and Six Sigma. To boost project performance, we also use Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM), which we sometimes combine with Lean Engineering. Our 2-day performance audits, our performance consulting services and our project management, Lean & ToC training by our industry consultants offer a wide range of solutions to help our clients around the world reach the highest possible levels of performance.

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