Theory of Constraints

Manufacturing Expert Dr. Lisa Lang Discusses Theory of Constraints in The Fabricator

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Manufacturing Expert Dr. Lisa Lang Discusses Theory of Constraints in Article  Dr. Lisa Lang, inventor of the Velocity Scheduling System, featured in a November 2011 article discussing her expertise in Theory of Constraints  Green Valley, AZ  – “Dr. Lisa” Lang, President of the Science of Business and inventor of the Velocity Scheduling System is featured in a […]

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The biggest constraint we Theory of Constraints consultants find is … (part 2)

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The Allocation Mind-set By Dr Lisa Lang We have worked with companies around the globe and the constraint is always the same.  It’s how we think.  In particular, it’s how the business owner or leader of the company thinks. Last time, in Part 1, we discussed the efficiency mind-set and how focusing on efficiency can lead you astray.  I made the […]

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The biggest constraint we Theory of Constraints consultants find is … (part 1)

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Theory of Constraints for Job Shops and Machine Shops (Custom Manufacturers) By Dr Lisa Lang We have worked with companies around the globe implementing Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma and the constraint is always the same.  It’s how we think.  In particular, it’s how the business owner or leader of the company thinks. You buy the same equipment […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing Part 2

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By Dr Lisa Lang, Job Shop Manufacturing expert Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints LEADERSHIP This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. Visit our Re-post guidelines. In Part 1 I covered the Theory of Constraints first Law of Leadership — “Don’t be a sissy!” And I have to admit I was holding my breath as I clicked […]

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Leadership for Job Shop Manufacturing

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This article on job shop manufacturing leadership was originally published in 2012 , but was updated to reflect the current data and my current thinking.  This has been one of my most popular and controversial posts ever.  Some (not all) of the feedback I’ve received is below.  Please add yours. Job Shop Manufacturing – Theory of Constraints 2 Laws of Leadership […]

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Industry Week Best Plants Use Theory of Constraints

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85% of the 2014 Industry Week best plant finalists and winners used Theory of Constraints over the past 5 years. By Dr Lisa Lang This article is copyrighted by Science of Business, Inc. 2015 Visit our Re-post guidelines. Industry Week’s Best Plants awards were established in 1990.  Their stated purpose: To recognize plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase […]

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The Goal by Goldratt is on Amazon Top Executives Book Club

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In an interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo, Jon Fortt for CNBC reported:  This summer he (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo) spent time at Lab126, a Silicon Valley outpost about a mile from Apple headquarters where Amazon engineers hash out hardware designs. And he also hosted three all-day book clubs with Amazon’s top executives, capped by nice dinners at the end. Bezos […]

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Max Profit #5 – Strategic Planning for Job Shops Budgeting

by Dr Lisa Lang

Maximizing Profitability the TOC Way #5   This is the fifth in the series of conversations. Brad:  “Let’s talk about job shop strategy.  After all, it’s that time of year again.” Dr. Lisa:  “Yes, in the big companies you and I used to work for, the budgeting process starts early and continue for weeks and weeks – almost interminably.” Brad:  “In […]

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Job Shop Productivity and Machine Shop Productivity – Max Profit Part 4

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Maximizing Profitability the TOC Way #4 – Job Shop Productivity & Machine Shop Productivity This is the fourth in the series of conversations. Brad:  “So you have recommended that improving productivity is a great first step for maximizing profitability for highly custom job shops and machine shops.  But that first step of cutting work-in-process (WIP) seems so counterintuitive.  Can you […]

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Maximizing Job Shop and Machine Shop Profitability the TOC Way part 3

by Dr Lisa Lang

  This is the third in the series of conversations on the maximizing profitability of job shops and machine shops the Theory of Constraints way! Brad:  “If a job shop or machine shop business owner could start (1) by improving company productivity, or (2) by improving the company’s offer to its market segment, which would you recommend first?” Dr. Lisa:  “I can make […]

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