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Agile and Theory of Constraints


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One of the biggest challenges in the practice of continuous improvement lies in answering questions like 'What do we do next?' or even 'Where do we start?'. Rooted at the tangible intersection between physics and manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints offers a practical approach to streamlining your process and maximizing your ability to deliver. It provides concepts and tools to identify likely 'tipping points' where applying a small amount of effort might yield large results. Join us for an overview of the Theory of Constraints and an exploration of how this all applies to the business of delivering value in an Agile (or not so Agile) environment.

The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is an idea created by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and popularized through his book The Goal.

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Agile and Theory of Constraints

  1. 1. Iteration 10 Theory of Constraintswith David Alpert & Steve Rogalsky Twitter hash tag #agilewpg
  2. 2. The Hike
  3. 3. Balance Round 1
  4. 4. Round 2Imbalance
  5. 5. No Idle Time!
  6. 6. Ahhhhh….
  7. 7. What is the Goal?
  8. 8. Cost Accounting Throughput Accounting- Net Profit - Throughput- ROI - Inventory- Cash Flow - Operating Expense
  9. 9. "There is more value created with overall alignment than with local excellence" - Don Rienertsen
  10. 10. 5 focusing steps1. Find the constraint 2. Exploit the constraint 3. Subordinate everything to the constraint 4. Elevate the constraint. 5. Again
  11. 11. The hike (instance: bob the mallard) 1. Constraint 2. Exploit 3. Subordinate 4. Elevate 5. Again!
  12. 12. Ballpoint game (class: duck) 1. Constraint 2. Exploit. 3. Subordinate. 4. Elevate. 5. Again!
  13. 13. Predictability
  14. 14. Recycling waste
  15. 15. In Closing1. A balanced system… isn’t.2. Every system has a constraint. • Find it, exploit it, subordinate to it, elevate it, repeat.3. What is the goal?4. Shift from Individual to Team measurements.5. And once again… Limit WIP, Limit Inventory
  16. 16. Contact InfoDavid Alpert Rogalsky