Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints

The University of South Australia's Strategic Partnerships Unit is offering in Adelaide a two day advanced course in the Theory of Constraints with Lewis Trigger, a leading international consultant and MBA program lecturer at Tel Aviv University's Business School.

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International Theory of Constraints expert Lewis Trigger explains 'Constraint Innovation'. 

By attending our next 2 day workhop you will learn a simple, powerful and intuitive systems thinking tool to improve your management effectiveness, and how you are percieved as a leader. Learn how to improve throughput and cycle time  without the need for added resources cost. Significantly improve your organisation's bottom line, or if in Government, significantly improve service delivery, outcomes and operating cost.

This course is aimed at managers/leaders, professionals and specialists wishing to excel in key management areas in the public or private sector with an emphasis on operations and  resource allocation and improvement. It fits well with the Lean methodologies and frameworks aimed at maximising flow, value, efficiency and effectiveness. 

Constraint management complements the implementation of Lean by providing focus and early results, as reflected in the ToC techniques for continual improvement. 

Every system with an open-ended goal contains a Constraint which limits the capacity of the system to get closer to the goal. Theory of Constraints focuses on the Constraint. You will learn how to define the system, the goal and the Constraint, and how to manage the system so that the Constraint is never interrupted and can deliver all its capability. Theory of Constraints will help you get the most from your available resources, delaying or avoiding investment in added resources and simplifying and better targeting problem solving and improvement activities.

Satisfactory completion of the optional course assessment can provide a credit for one course in UniSA’s Leadership Development Program. For details about UniSA’s Leadership Development Program please click here

The next 2 day Theory of Constraints workshop will be held on 8 April and 9 April 2019.  The course will be held at UniSA's City West Campus in Adelaide. 

Investment in the course is $1,950 with an Early Bird discount to $1,750 if paid by 22 March.  Additional discounts are available for bookings of  3 or more participants from the same organisation and for UniSA alumni. Please contact Sandra on (08) 8302 0801 for details. 

All prices are GST Exempt.

Cancellation Policy:  The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee canot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.

  • Improve system performance without incurring additional capital or operating costs.
  • Learn how to improve throughput and cycle time without the need for added resources.
  • Avoid the efficiency trap and focus thinking on system effectiveness.  
  • Adapt your Lean systems to manage unexpected disruptions.   
  • Focus management effort and resources to best effect.
  • Generate win - win solutions rather than a compromise.   
  • Meet your commitments: delivered on time and within cost.
  • Increase inventory turnover and shorten lead times.

Emphasis is placed on the active involvement of the students.  Practical examples and group exercises drawn from the workplace are used extensively.  Open discussion is encouraged.   Each student will participate in a group to apply Theory of Constraints to a selected and practical problem drawn from the key processes of the workplace of the students.

For groups of 12 or more this program can be tailored to achieve targeted learning objectives aligned to the business needs, or delivered in-house. Your organisation may consider bringing together like-minded business professionals to focus on a specific industry sector or market strategy.

For further details and registrations please contact Sandra Walker on 08 8302 0801 or by email

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel the program should bookings be insufficient to run the course.

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