When the term, “what you see is what you get” is applied in the computer
industry, it means that users or customers are able to see their end
results without the encumbrances of
complicated software code that enables
this function. Software works behind
the scenes ultimately to produce transparency and the desired effects. In
many ways, this concept should be
extended to the relationships that exist
between suppliers and buyers and even
among internal company departments.
Most readers are at least familiar with continuous improvement programs such as lean and six sigma. Perhaps your shop or company is well along in the implementation of one or the other—if not both. But what about theory of constraints (TOC), introduced in Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s 1984 book, The Goal? Despite its rather negative-sounding name, this continuous improvement process has much to offer
manufacturers of all stripes. And when combined with lean and six sigma, the results can be dramatic. Dr. Lisa Lang, a TOC consultant and speaker, explains why and how in the following Q&A session with Gear Technology.