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I found Mr. Athavale’s book “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” Volume 1 extremely valuable in guiding process improvement practitioners through the subtle differences and intricacies in ...

I found Mr. Athavale’s book “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” Volume 1 extremely valuable in guiding process improvement practitioners through the subtle differences and intricacies in understanding the Theory of Constraint concepts. The collection of stories, articles, and white papers, should be on every TOC practitioner’s bookshelf.

I first met Rajeev Athavale, on the LinkedIn Lean Six Sigma Group open forum discussions. I am the owner of the Lean Six Sigma group with over 200,000 members. We shared numerous discussions around Theory of Constraint, Operational Excellence, Lean Six Sigma, and Business Process Improvement.

The Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC) - Volume 1 is an ebook with a carefully selected anthology of the most valuable TOC Articles contributed by well-known and respected TOC authors from all over the world.

It’s ideal for the TOC enthusiast, whether new to TOC or an expert in TOC practice.
Rajeev Athavale all found seams and traces of TOC gold scattered all over the web – echoes and extensions of the magnificently simple and profound concept so well-articulated and conveyed by Eli Goldratt.

“Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” gathers some of the best of these echoes together into a single easily accessible resource that you can refer to when you want to be reminded of an insight or to browse occasionally to refresh and extend your own mastery. It will also help to grow your clients’ insights into Theory of Constraints, making it easier for you to help them capitalize on those insights even further.

If you are a Theory of Constraints enthusiast, practitioner or expert, “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” will make a valuable addition to your library and potentially be the key to growing your clients’ grasp of the huge benefits of the constraint-focused approach and philosophy.

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    • Rajeev AthavaleEchoes ofTheory of Constraints (TOC)A Collection of stories, articles, and white papers related to the Theory of Constraints fromleading TOC experts and academics- Collected and Presented By Rajeev Athava-und Mr. Athavale’s book “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” Volume 1 extremely valuable in guidingprocess improvement practitioners through the subtle differences and intricacies in understanding theTheory of Constraint concepts. The collection of stories, articles, and white papers, should be on every TOCpractitioner’s bookshelf.I first met Rajeev Athavale, on the LinkedIn Lean Six Sigma Group open forumdiscussions. I am the owner of the Lean Six Sigma group with over 200,000members. We shared numerous discussions around Theory of Constraint,Operational Excellence, Lean Six Sigma, and Business Process Improvement.The Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC) - Volume 1 is an ebook with a carefullyselected anthology of the most valuable TOC Articles contributed by well-knownand respected TOC authors from all over the world.It’s ideal for the TOC enthusiast, whether new to TOC or an expert in TOC practice.Rajeev Athavale found seams and traces of TOC gold scattered all over the web – echoesand extensions of the magnificently simple and profound concept so well-articulated andconveyed by Eli Goldratt.“Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)” gathers some of the best of these echoestogether into a single easily accessible resource that you can refer to when you want to bereminded of an insight or to browse occasionally to refresh and extend your own mastery.It will also help to grow your clients’ insights into Theory of Constraints, making it easier for you to help themcapitalize on those insights even further.If you are a Theory of Constraints enthusiast, practitioner or expert, “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC)”will make a valuable addition to your library and potentially be the key to growing your clients’ grasp of thehuge benefits of the constraint-focused approach and philosophy.Summary of Articles“The Fundamental Concept of TOC and Life” By Martin Powell- A tribute to Dr. Eli Goldratt and his life’s work in developing the Theory of Constraints, giving Elismessage, "Never let anything that is important become urgent".“A Systematic Approach to Common and Expected Uncertainty” By Eli Schragenheim- An absorbing article with detailed Case Study of Forecasting for Peak Demand Periods. The authorsuggests a systematic approach for dealing with routine decisions that contain high levels ofuncertainty, which is hard to measure with known statistical means because of lack of formal data.The focus of the article is to assist in management decision making through the estimation of theconfidence interval, rather than by the estimation of the expected value and the standard deviation.“Giving It Away” By Tony Rizzo- A captivating conversation between a CFO and a Marketing Director as TOC concepts are introduced“An Analogy Describing Pull Replenishment Model” By Henry F. Camp
    • - An example of the Inventory Management using “Tea” for Ice Tea – Short and Sweet“Challenging one of the Basic Laws of Economics” By Dr. Alan Barnard- A research article starting with the famous example of products P & Q discussed by Eli Goldratt, itdiscusses things like what if the demand causes overload on more than one resource.“Sequence Matters’” By Alejandro Cespedes- Example using Bathroom Products and the use of Buffers to managing Work in Process to meetChanging Customer Demands and the meaning and importance of sequence of implementation“Bee Out of the Bottle” By Stefan van Aalst, Robert Young- Analogy using Bee’s trapped in a bottle to explain Organizational Change and building Buy-in.“Our Goal is… What is our goal?” By H. William Dettmer- Comprehensive overview of Strategy Goal Alignment using a Supply Chain Example with Tree Diagramto display primary, secondary, and third level goals definition and ownership.“A Quick-and-Dirty Approach to Process Improvement” By Justin Roff-Marsh- 5 Step Approach to Process Improvement, a Common Sense Approach using TOC Concepts“Efficiency closes a plant” By Kevin Kohls- Lessons learned from a GM Plant closing, Constraints that ignored the bottleneck and focused onefficiency.“Paradigm Lock Explained” By Dr. Ted Hutchin- Detailed TOC review of why it is difficult to get organizations to improve. The Laws of ConstraintManagement, hierarchy of clouds, and 5 steps to successful change are briefly discussed.“Evaporating Cash Constraint” By Ravi Gilani- Cash Constraints are explored and defined, a Complex Article with a Manufacturing Steel Bar Plantexample, walking the user thru the data to identify cash constraints.“If You Fail to Plan” By Frank Patrick- Short & amusing conversation between a Manager seeking a Plan and a Leader whose plan is act now.“Cost reduction hurts” By Rudi Burkhand- Challenging the idea of cutting costs rather than growing revenue – the priorities and consequences ofthe management decision to focus on one or the other.“Is Isn’t THAT obvious – Calculating Replenishment Time” By Alejandro Cespedes- Brief overview of what Replenishment Pull is and how to calculate Replenishment Time, using awarehouse distribution example“What is Theory of Constraints (TOC)?” By Dr. Alan Barnard- Very detailed summary of key TOC ideas and terminology in a very structured outline of processimprovement activities, including the 5 step TOC Practitioners would focus in launching TOC.“Home Alone” By Tony Rizzo- Thought provoking dialogue on the critical chain scheduling game, applying systems thinking.“The Critical Distinction between Planning and Execution” By Eli Schragenheim- A discussion about the relationship and the possible conflict between Planning and Execution vis-a-visuncertainty.“Why Fight Reality with Complexity when you can Change reality?” By Henry F. Camp- Excellent utopian example using TOC in for a Replenishment Pull System, Sticking Strategies,Managing Surpluses, and Product Mix to manage buffers vs. replenishment.“How fast can a charity raise money?” By Jake Dell- Applying Theory of Constraints to Fundraising Operations – Nice Service Example using charitablethroughput and TOC Fundraising.“After the revolution – Four Appointments a day, five days a week” By Justin Roff-Marsh- An example explaining the logic and the way “Four Appointments as day…” works.“Shipyard Case Study” By Daniel Walsh- Excellent Supply Chain example using TOC in a Shipyard Transformation – Examining Yields“How Big is your Market – Really?” By Kevin Kohls
    • - An engaging discussion between a Supplier and a bottleneck buster discussing Sales constraints innew market penetration“The Fallacy of Cost Accounting – Part 1” By Martin Powell- Why Cost Accounting / Product Costing is the enemy of Process Productivity“The Fallacy of Cost Accounting – Part 2” By Martin Powell- Focus on Inventory Valuation and the cons of Cost Accounting in WIP Management.“Why Combine Lean Manufacturing with TOC Techniques?” by Ted Hutchin- Introductory Lean Overview of Basic Lean and TOC Advantages and where each complements theother. Reviews basic process flow and how TOC focus is on Throughput and Lean on Process Speed.“Hurting for Demand” by Rudolf Burkhard and Patrick Hoefsmit- Simple example of coping with changing customer demand and the criteria for gaining new business.Discounts, Risks, and Building Stakeholder Buy-in into the change are all covered in this case study.“Supplier Reliability – or Lack of It” By Henry F. Camp- Win-Win solutions for you and your supplier when dealing with poor supplier due date performance.“If It Quacks like a Duck” By Justin Roff-Marsh- Workout Gym or Wellness Center example and Branding your business value to the Customer Market“Am I on my own?” By Martin Powell- Engaging conversation of Eli Goldratt at a Seminar dealing with the Change/Don’t Change decision andunderstanding the pros and cons to build Stakeholder Buy-in as well as coping with resistance.“The Illusion of Service Levels in the 98thPercentile” By Henry F. Camp- Challenges of the metric used in business to measure business success or risk“The Paper Industry” By Rudi Burkhard- Case Study in the Paper industry of poor profits, excess inventory, high costs and how TOC can helpbalance the management of costs and not miss the sale.“Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining” By Orion Avidan- Theory of Constraints concepts reviewed with a reflection of a number of Eli Goldratt books, exploringvarious contradictions and how to develop a win-win solution. Cloud Diagram is explored withexamples to help identify the constraint and mutually beneficial solution.“It Isn’t THAT Obvious – A common mistake with ROI” By Alejandro Cespedes- A brief discussion on Throughput Accounting and calculating payback.“The Operations Management Top Eight” By Martin Powell- A TOC view of top eight Operations Management fallacies. ’s C“Spot Serious Stakeholder Value” By Rudolf G. Burkhard- Excellent paper exploring Management by Objective, Total Quality Management, Full AbsorptionAccounting, Measurements, and Theory of Constraints concepts in building Stakeholder consensus.“TOC in Color” By Adail Muniz Retamal- Software Development / Agile Development Best Practice example explored using Theory ofConstraints with Visual Colors when building various Tree Diagrams of Thinking Process.“Dynamic Buffer Management” By David J. Burch- Outstanding article on TOC Buffer Management in dealing with inventory shortages and excesses“Financial Impacts of a Well Managed Supply Chain” By E.R. “Tuck” McConnell- Inventory and Cash Flow are explored using systems thinking, challenging the status quo with TOC“Change – Making It Happen” By Tony Rizzo- A look at change, the risks we face in changing vs. the risks of not changing.
    • Summary: I recommend reading Echoes of Theory ofConstraints (TOC) as it presents a mix of problemsfaced in Identifying, exploiting and elevating thesystem’s constraint. The book is not meant toprovide all the technical details of specific conceptslike Replenishment Pull, Batch Sizing, or ThroughputAccounting.It is also not meant to address every problem weface in improving business processes andperformance measurements in systems. It doespresents a mix of problems with many industryexamples to demonstrate how Theory ofConstraints can address these issues.There are as many as 20 authors having variety ofwriting styles ranging from serious thoughtprovoking articles to light short stories conveyingone or more points. The terminology used in thebook reflects many methodologies, including Lean,Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, AgileDevelopment, Business Process Management, andof course Theory of Constraints. The length ofarticles ranges from one page to about 15-16 pageswith an average of about 5 pages each.I recommend “Echoes of Theory of Constraints (TOC) – Volume 1” and hope you find it as valuable as I, inachieving ever increasing success and results. The book is available at https://leanpub.com/echoesoftoc01Volume 2 of the book is available at https://leanpub.com/echoesoftoc02If you wish to know all the books published by Rajeev, visit https://leanpub.com/u/rajeevathavaleBook Review by Steven Bonacorsi, President of the International Standard for Lean Six Sigma(ISLSS). Mr. Bonacorsi is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), ITIL Master, ProjectManagement Professional (PMP), and Agilest. He holds a Masters in Computer InformationSystems and MBA. He is has led some of the largest business transformation in the world, inboth the Federal and Commercial space.Steven Bonacorsi, LSS MBB, PresidentInternational Standard for Lean Six SigmaE-mail: sbonacorsi@comcast.netTwitter: http://twitter.com/SbonacorsiLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/StevenBonacorsi