IT Projects and the Theory of Constraints (TOC)-Step One

The focus of the theory of constraints (TOC) is to bring an improvement in the system. The theory of constraints is always relevant while developing IT projects because date, budget and resource constraints are always issues on all IT projects. The theory of constraints is a concept developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. It is a concept that focuses on identifying and easing the constraint that restricts an organization’s ability to attain a certain targeted level.

The TOC approach can be implemented in five steps: STEP ONE

1. Identifying the Constraint
A system is like a chain and one weak link in the chain obstructs the performance. The chain which delivers the worst performance is believed to possess the constraint. A study of the unwanted symptoms that a system or process is suffering from can lead to the identification of the constraint or constraints.

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