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Eli Schragenheim - Time Buffers, Stock Buffers and Buffer Management – The Key Insights and Their Universal Use

We hope you enjoy watching this webinar.

Presented by Eli Schragenheim

People use buffers as part of their normal life dealing with uncertainty. So, how come buffers are so central to the Theory of Constraints (TOC), which always looks for unconventional, yet common-sense, solutions? Well, TOC uses buffers quite differently than the common use. Highlighting that difference and why it is not the common approach is going to be discussed in this basic TOC webinar, aimed mainly at new-comers to TOC, but more knowledgeable TOC people might be interested in the perspective of over 30 years. The two common TOC buffers, time-buffers and stock-buffers, are going to be presented.

Then another grand insight will be presented: buffer management, monitoring the actual state of the buffer in order to answer two critical questions:

1. What should be the true priorities right now?
2. Are the buffer sizes about right?
3. A more generic question: Is our overall system stable? Can it sustain the pressure?

This is the second Basic -TOC webinar. The Basic -TOC webinars are FREE for all. Click Here to watch the 1st webinar "Basic TOC: The 5 Focusing Steps and Their Universal Insights." located in the Success Stories Basics of TOC Portal.

About Eli Schragenheim - TOC Global Elyakim Management Systems.

Eli Schragenheim is a well known international management educator, author and consultant active in various fields of management like corporate strategy, decision support, innovation, supply chain, project management, shop-floor control, IT and HR. He has worked with huge variety of organizations all over the world, including public-sector organizations, industrial, high-tech and start-ups.

Since he had joined Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt, the famous creator of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in 1985, Eli Schragenheim has taught, spoken at conferences and consulted all over the globe, including the US, India, China, Japan, Canada, Britain, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Germany, Italy, Belgium, South Africa and Australia. He taught and trained high-level managers and consultants to use TOC in the most effective way in all the above countries. Many of his past pupils are now practicing TOC in the highest levels.

Eli Schragenheim is also known for his own software simulators and management games designed to experience the thinking and potential of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in complex environments.

Eli Schragenheim was a partner in the A.Y. Goldratt Institute and a director in The Goldratt Schools. He manages his own company Elyakim Management Systems (1992) Ltd. He served twice as a board member of TOCICO – the TOC International Certification Organization, a non-profit organization that was created by Dr. Goldratt to spread the TOC knowledge in the world. Lately Eli Schragenheim initiated TOC Global, an international organization of the best minds in TOC, to support TOC implementations worldwide, and generate huge value for large clients and projects all over the globe.

Eli Schragenheim is the author of several books on various aspects of management. His first book Management Dilemmas (1998) showed a variety of problematic situations in management and the rigorous analysis leading to the right solution. Next he collaborated with William H. Dettmer in writing Manufacturing at Warp Speed. In this book the new concept of Simplified-DBR, now a key concept in production planning according to TOC, was introduced. He also collaborated with Carol A. Ptak on ERP, Tools, Techniques, and Applications for Integrating the Supply Chain, and with Dr. Goldratt and Carol Ptak on Necessary but Not Sufficient. In 2009 his book Supply Chain Management at Warp Speed, with William H. Dettmer and Wayne Patterson was published. He also contributed two chapters for the Theory of Constraints Handbook, edited by Cox and Schleier published in 2010 by McGraw-Hill.

In March 2015, Eli has opened a blog, now containing more than 70 articles on various topics in TOC that everybody can access. The URL is


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