Most businesses today are under severe pressure to improve, and it seems
that most managers are frustrated that despite their best efforts, they
are either not improving fast enough or not improving at all.
It is common knowledge that a chain's strength is dependant on its weakest link.
In the same way a company's Throughput is limited by only
one constraint at any point in time.
Therefore, if we want to improve the strength of our chain
(or throughput of our company), does it make sense to improve
anything but the weakest link? With this in mind, what "Bottom Line Results"
do we expect from improvement initiatives, if these are not focused on
improving or removing the current business constraint?
Is it not surprising that "Improvement initiatives" with no prior
analysis are often not successful. This is especially true when a company
has no process in place to identify the current business constraint(s)
and determine how to focus all improvement efforts on it.