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What Is 'Constraint'?

A system's performance is limited by the availability of critical input. Eliminate the Constraint and performance will improve.

These are Goldratt's five steps to alleviate a Constraint:

  1. Identification: find the limiting factor.
  2. Exploitation: make sure that the resources related to the Constraint aren't wasted.
  3. Subordination: redesign the system to support the Constraint.
  4. Elevation: permanently increase the capacity of the Constraint.
  5. Re-evalution: after making a change, reevaluate a system to see where's the Constraint.

The more quickly you move through these steps, the more your system's Throughput will improve.

Questions About 'Constraints'


"Once you eliminate your number one problem, number two gets a promotion."

Gerald Weinberg, consultant and author of The Secrets of Consulting


From Chapter 9:

Understanding Systems


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Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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