David Anderson’s post, Lean vs. TOC – No Conflict [the broken link was removed], is an excellent addition to the previous post here: Lean Thinking and Management.
David refers to a post, looking for a conflict, that is definitely worth reading:
I like the way the post looks at this question. I must admit, my personally view is that the conflict is not as stark as it may appear. I tend to believe the theory of constraints view is helpful but can be misleading since often the interdependencies within the system mean that it is not true that “optimizing non-bottlenecks will introduce waste” (that may be true but is not necessarily true – that is how I see it anyway).
These are good ideas to be discussing.
- Theory of Constraints (ToC) articles
- lean manufacturing articles
- How To Compare Six Sigma, Lean and the Theory of Constraints [the broken link was removed] by Dave Nave (a friend who will also be at the Deming Institute Seminar [the broken link was removed] that I am co-presenting in April in Boston.