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Theory of Constraints

A system is only as strong as its weakest link. Generally, Lean tools that teach us how to create flow ignore this. We are taught to balance the line to takt time and miraculously flow will occur. How is that working out for you? Many systems have bottlenecks (constraints). These can frequently stop Lean flow tactics dead in their tracks. Understanding how to exploit constraints rather than surrendering to them is what Theory of Constraints is all about. This program will show those already trained in Lean how to blend Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints into the most powerful continuous improvement model ever created.

  • Theory of Constraints (TOC) History and Principles
  • TOC Simulation
  • Key Assumption
  • The Five Focusing Steps
  • Focusing Tools
  • Drum-Buffer-Rope-Scheduling (DBR)
  • Throughput Accounting (TA)
  • Implementation Guide
  • Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM)

This one-day program is targeted to those who implement continuous improvement projects.

We can tailor this program and deliver it on-site for your employees and leaders.

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Robert Skillman Robert Skillman

Kent State training and certification facilitator, Robert Skillman is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Lean Master Sensei who has been training and certifying Black Belts in Six Sigma and Lean methods since 1997.

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Stephen Skillman Stephen Skillman

Stephen Skillman is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt who facilitates the training of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belts at Kent State University. Skillman received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Lake Erie College.

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“One of the best programs I’ve ever been a part of.”

Tim McArthur, Manufacturing Engineering Manager,
Delta Systems