Introducing Theory of Constraints (the parable of the laundry)

A session at Lean Agile Scotland 2015

Thursday 8th October, 2015

4:10pm to 4:30pm (GMT)

Theory of Constraints (ToC) is a simple, yet extremely powerful, approach to improving the performance of our processes. Its simplicity allows it to be applied to a very wide variety of situations. Its power means that really significant improvements can be acheived quickly, and with limited expenditure.
This presentation will give an introduction to the Theory of Constraints. We'll explore the theory which underpins the approach, and the key thinking tools which it introduces.
The approach will be illustrated in a lighthearted and accessible way through a real world example. We'll examine how the five focusing steps can be applied to a simple domestic process, and how considering the performance of a process through its bottleneck can be a significant paradigm shift.

Some consideration will also be given to how ToC can be applied to software development processes. Some of the challenges which arise in this application will be discussed.

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Stuart Leitch

Independent Agile Coach

Stuart is an independent Agile Coach with a passion for improving the way the work works, and helping people to have fun at work. Stuart’s 15 year career in telecomms, finance and internet companies spans development, analysis, architecture, test, management and barista roles.

An early encounter with “The Pragmatic Programmer” convinced Stuart that work doesn’t need to be hard, and should be enjoyable. His career since has been focused on discovering better ways of delivering software which bring joy to the people who do this work.

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  • Dominic Smith
  • Mike Perrin
  • James Murphy
  • Stuart Leitch

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Time 4:10pm4:30pm GMT

Date Thu 8th October 2015

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