Theory of Constraints: Definition & Examples


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While evaluating the production line, a constraint is found: Drill-press operators are making an extra spin of the dials after every fifth punch. When asked, operators respond that it has always been done that way. What type of constraint is this?

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1. Which of the following Five Focusing Steps requires you to evaluate all other processes to ensure they support working through the constraint?

2. When a constraint is removed, what should you do next?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly gauge your understanding of the steps involved in the Theory of Constraints process using this brief quiz/worksheet combo. You must be familiar with terms used in this theory and their meanings in order to successfully answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be measured when you take this quiz:

  • Identify a type of constraint based on a given example
  • Choose the step that requires evaluation of all other processes
  • Relate what you should do once a constraint is removed
  • Name which restraint indicates of shortage, such as in materials or space
  • Select a step based on a given scenario

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as specific steps in the Five Focusing Steps
  • Making connections - use understanding of examples of specific steps and constraints as expressed in given examples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the process following the removal of a constraint

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more, you can take a step in the right direction by reviewing the lesson titled Theory of Constraints: Definition & Examples. Details covered in this lesson include:

  • What term applies to constraints or barriers
  • An analogy describing the Theory of Constraints
  • An example of applying the Five Focusing Steps