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Bottlenecks in a Process
Kim Johnson
OPS/571
February 4, 2013
Trina Greer, PhD

Bottlenecks in a Process
Bottleneck is defined “as any resource whose capacity is less than the demand placed upon it” (Chase, Jacobs, Aquialino, 2006, p. 725. This paper addresses how a bottleneck can hinder driving time and Goldratt’s theory of contracts to identify and overcome process bottlenecks.
In week one the process I choose was spending less time driving to work. It takes approximately 43 minutes to drive 33.95 miles one way with no traffic. In order to get to work on time every day I have to get up at 7:15 a.m. to get to work by 9:00 a.m. It is imperative that I leave at least one hour earlier because of the various traffic conditions.
The bottlenecks that could daily are accidents, stalled vehicles in or at the tunnel, road work, weather conditions, or large volumes of traffic that simply cause traffic to move at a much slower pace. Goldratt’s theory of constraints has a five focusing step approach to a process. 1. “Identify the system constraints - (distance and time) 2. Decide how to exploit the system constraints - (distance means moving closer to home which in turn will cut down on the time it takes to drive to work) 3. Subordinate everything else to that decision - (this means additional time is spent waiting for traffic jams, weather conditions, and road work) 4. Elevate the system constraints - (in this case the only way to elevate the constraints is to move closer to home) 5. If, in the previous steps, the constraints have been broken, go back to Step 1, but do not let inertia become the system constraint” (Chase, Jacobs, & Aquilano, 2006, p.771). - (At this point the system constraints have not been broken because time driving to work still remains an issue).
Goldratt’s theory will only help if I find another job closer to…...

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