This website covers knowledge management, personal effectiveness, theory of constraints, amongst other topics. Opinions expressed here are strictly those of the owner, Jack Vinson, and those of the commenters.

Nice article about TOC - and the Amazon connection

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has some nice praise for Theory of Constraints and The Goal in This simple theory from an Israeli genius will revolutionize the way you think about business (November 2014, The Week).  

TOC is the brainchild of an eccentric Israeli physicist, Eli Goldratt (now deceased), who produced the business novel The Goal, which became an underground bestseller and allowed him to devote himself fulltime to consulting and elaborating on his theory. Once I understood TOC's power, it came as no surprise to find out that Jeff Bezos, the greatest CEO alive today, makes all his senior executives read The Goal.

The brief article is a familiar statement that Bezos has his senior executives read The Goal.  The rest of the article does a nice job of describing TOC to people who may not be familiar with it.  

What I would love to see is someone dig into HOW Amazon is using the ideas of Theory of Constraints within their operations.  Given that they are primarily a sales and distribution organization, I would imagine that the supply chain application is where they would focus. But they have a lot of moving parts. The Thinking Processes, Critical Chain Project Management, Strategy and Tactics, and more could all be valuable techniques within the organization.

Has anyone written that article?

Useful TOC reference sheet

What is the Goal