I have been an advocate for the Theory of Constraints since 1992, when I was introduced to it by a colleague, Doug Fullaway. At the time, Doug was the Vice-President of Sales for Applied Microsystems, and had just returned from a trip to Japan.
Apparently, he had been given a copy of Eli Goldratt’s book, “The Goal,” while in Japan.
“The Goal” is something of a gateway drug for people who ultimately go on to become advocates for the Theory of Constraints. I remember that I read the book in a weekend, and was hooked from that point on. Many people thought the book was just an interesting business story, but to me, it was too convincing to be just a novel. There had to be more to it.
Over the years, I have come to appreciate how deep Eli’s insights actually go. Eli was a man who passionately embraced reason and evidence.
If you want to improve your business – or any system, really – I highly recommend the Theory of Constraints body of knowledge. If it makes some sense to you, give me a call and let’s chat about it in more depth. There really are no limits on how much any system can be improved.