Thoughts on TOCICO by David Anderson:
“Subordination happens first!” In the 5 focusing steps, the third step is to subordinate the rest of the system to the decision made in step 2 to fully exploit the capacity constrained resource. I had observed in my work with the XIT Sustained Engineering group (the subject of my paper for the conference), that the subordination actions always had to happen first before the constraint could be fully exploited. However, this is counter-intuitive given the order of the steps. As Eli reminded the audience, step 2 is “Decide what (and how) to exploit.” This then leads to a set of subordination decisions which make exploitation possible. Subordination always happens first.