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We’re excited to provide free access to 8 of almost 500 presentations on Theory of Constraints (TOC). These presentations were selected to provide a brief introduction and description of seven major areas of TOC. We have listed below the references and abstracts for the free presentations on this portal. At the end of this page is a link to the TOC book list segmented by topic areas.

TOC is the best methodology for today BUT there will always be a need for continuous improvement. These tools are part of the journey to excellent organizations. Our hope is that you’ll learn from these 6 presentations and are moved to join TOCICO to gain access to the rest of our archives.

TOCICO membership includes:

  • FREE on-line access to all past TOCICO conference videos – there are several hundred videos starting with the second conference in 2004. These were previously sold for $149 per conference (totaling $1,788), but now, viewing ALL of them are INCLUDED with your membership.
  • Discounts on TOCICO products and conference attendance.
  • FREE access to the over 50 recorded webinars by some of your favorite TOC authors.
  • FREE registration to all new webinars – and just wait until you hear what’s in the works!
  • FREE pdf of the TOCICO Dictionary – 135 pages of pure content.
  • All 6 Strategy & Tactics trees by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Over 20 Theory of Constraints articles with more on the way.
  • And, access to networking with the TOC community around the world on the TOCICO website. Build your page, start discussions, or contact another member – the new TOCICO website is web 2.0 ready and ready for you to engage.




Ferguson, L. A. (Nov. 21st, 2012). 0 to 60 Introduction to production /operations. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Drum buffer rope (DBR) and buffer management, the TOC application for operations/ production, results in dramatic improvements in the flow of products, orders and/or customers in both manufacturing and service organizations. DBR and buffer management was first described in the best-selling novel, The Goal, which was written by the founder of TOC, Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Vast experience shows that, in traditionally run plants, DBR and buffer management typically (but not always) leads only to good results and to no negative ramifications: lead time shrinks to less than half, due date performance improves considerably, throughput goes up and excess capacity is revealed. In service organizations, waiting and service times decrease dramatically, quality and customer satisfaction improve and excess capacity is revealed. (1 hour, 2 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (Dec. 5th, 2012). 0 to 60 Introduction to project management. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Critical chain project management (CCPM) the TOC application for project management, was the second application of TOC developed by the founder of TOC, Dr. Eli Goldratt. CCPM was created to dramatically improve the flow and effective completion of projects in organizations. Key concepts in CCPM apply to individuals wanting to improve their personal and professional productivity as well. For example, reducing “bad multitasking” is a key factor in successfully completing more work more effectively. CCPM typically results in very high due-date performance (delivering well over 95% on or before the original promised due-dates, while in cases of late delivery the delay is much smaller than the prevailing delays in the industry) and less compromises on content/quality and the budget.(1 hour, 2 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (Jan. 16th, 2013). 0 to 60 Introduction to finance & measures. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The TOC application for finance and measures is not a complete solution for accounting or finance, but rather just provides important insights into how to more effectively make decisions based on more appropriate measures of performance. For example, we emphasize the need to make managerial decisions based on the constraint, the factor most limiting the ability of the organization to achieve its goal. Paradigm shifts regarding common mistakes made in organizations with respect to how to make decisions based on the data/information are part of this TOC solution. Those mistakes typically result in a significant (if not huge) negative impact on the financial performance of the organization. (57 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (Feb. 20th, 2013). 0 to 60 Introduction to strategy. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

Effective strategic planning and execution is critical to the success of any organization. TOC provides an excellent tool set for strategy to enable an organization to satisfy the market now and in the future, satisfy employees now and in the future, and make money now and in the future. This 0 to 60 webinar provides an introduction to the TOC methods, which provide the necessary and sufficient solution elements for achieving the vision/goal of the organization. The transformational strategy and tactic tree is an incredibly powerful tool for synchronizing all the actions needed to transform an organization into a "well-oiled” machine for satisfying the goal and necessary conditions. (1 hour, 28 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (March 6th, 2013). 0 to 60 Introduction to marketing & sales. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The TOC application for finance and measures is not a complete solution for accounting or finance, but rather just provides important insights into how to more effectively make decisions based on more appropriate measures of performance. For example, we emphasize the need to make managerial decisions based on the constraint, the factor most limiting the ability of the organization to achieve its goal. Paradigm shifts regarding common mistakes made in organizations with respect to how to make decisions based on the data/information are part of this TOC solution. Those mistakes typically result in a significant (if not huge) negative impact on the financial performance of the organization. (57 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (March 13th, 2013). 0 to 60 Introduction to the thinking processes (TP). TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The TP are a powerful set of methods for improving your critical thinking skills. The tool set consists of generic processes for addressing what to change, what to change to and how to cause the change. This webinar provides an overview of each of the TP tools: the evaporating cloud, current reality tree, future reality tree, negative branch reservations, prerequisite tree, transition tree, strategy and tactic trees, the plus and minus-minus buy-in processes, and the four viewpoints of change. (1 hour, 28 minutes).


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Ferguson, L. A. (Jan. 30th, 2013). 0 to 60 Introduction to distribution/supply chain. TOCICO Webinar Series. TOCICO, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The TOC pull distribution application dramatically reduces both shortages and surpluses of inventory, the two most significant undesirable effects leading to poor performance. Improving availability (thus sales), while substantially reducing inventory in the supply chain results in significant improvements in the net profit to sales ratio, ROI and cash flow. How are these results achieved? Mainly by switching the supply-chain operation mode from "prepare to forecasted consumption” to "react to actual consumption.” This webinar provides an overview of the key concepts of the Pull Distribution application and solution for improving the entire supply chain. Achieving a "win” for each and every stakeholder of the supply chain (customers, wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers) is the only way to ensure that any change is effectively planned and implemented. (1 hour, 36 minutes).


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Cox III, J. F. (2013). What is the Theory of Constraints basics workshop. TOCICO International Conference: 11th Annual Worldwide Gathering of TOC Professionals, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization.

The TOCICO Dictionary (2012, 2nd Ed. Cox, Boyd, et al., 45) defines the theory of constraints (TOC) as 'A holistic management philosophy developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt that is based on the principle that complex systems exhibit inherent simplicity, i.e., even a very complex system made up of thousands of people and pieces of equipment can have in any given time only a very, very small number of variables – perhaps only one (known as a constraint) – that actually limits the ability to generate more of the system’s goal.' The term, Theory of Constraints, was coined by Dr. Goldratt in 1986 with his realization that his OPT philosophy applied to more than the management of bottlenecks in production. He realized that his concepts also applied to projects with the 'bottleneck' being the critical path (better described as a critical chain); hence the new name 'theory of constraints'. The evolution of TOC started much earlier in the late 1970’s with the development of Goldratt’s OPT software and later the OPT principles. In 2010, Dr. Goldratt in 'Chapter 1 What is TOC? My perspective' (of the Theory of Constraints Handbook) wrote that TOC could be described by one word: 'focus'. In the chapter Goldratt describes redefining the term 'focus' to solve each new problem blocking achieving the system goal and in each instance of solving the new problem he expands the scope to several organization functions (production, accounting, marketing, sales, distribution, retail, human relations, engineering and projects, business strategy, etc.) and increases the performance of the system significantly. The answers to the first two change questions of 'what to change?' and 'to what to change to' are provided for organizations and for various organization functions. (1 hour, 43 minutes).


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Our hope is that you will learn from these eight presentations and are moved to join TOCICO to gain access to the rest of our archives.

TOCICO membership includes:

  • FREE on-line access to all past TOCICO conference videos – there are several hundred videos starting with the second conference in 2004. These were previously sold for $149 per conference (totaling $1,788), but now, viewing ALL of them are INCLUDED with your membership.
  • Discounts on TOCICO products and conference attendance.
  • FREE access to the over 50 recorded webinars by some of your favorite TOC authors.
  • FREE registration to all new webinars – and just wait until you hear what’s in the works!
  • FREE pdf of the TOCICO Dictionary – 135 pages of pure content.
  • All 6 Strategy & Tactics trees by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  • Over 20 Theory of Constraints articles with more on the way.
  • And, access to networking with the TOC community around the world on the TOCICO website. Build your page, start discussions, or contact another member – the new TOCICO website is web 2.0 ready and ready for you to engage.

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