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Cutting Edge Project Management

One Day Workshop

Based on the internationally acclaimed “Theory of Constraints” (TOC)

Unlocking Value

doing work together

Workshop Content:

The havoc and disruption of Covid19, has reinforced our need to effectively respond with new ways of conducting our businesses with updated services and products.  Our project management skills need to be sharpened.  Workshop participants are introduced to a fresh approach to effectively managing uncertainty and scarce resources within a dynamic multi-project environment.  This approach is an extrapolation from Constraint Innovation’s Buffer Management methodology (based on TOC) and is known by the term the “Critical Chain”.


An innovative and novel approach applied to the realm of safety buffers on a project's critical path. In contradiction to traditional thinking, Constraint Innovation not only claims that individual task safety buffers don't assist in meeting schedules, they, hinder the meeting of schedules on time.  The answer rests in the implementation of a Project Buffer rather than Task Buffers, which provides a cost-effective solution that focuses on the project's true critical path.


The learning goes on to focuses on Project Bottlenecks.  The methodology is based on the building blocks of Constraint Innovation that are distilled in a 5-step process:

  • Identifying the constraint (i.e. the "Bottleneck")

  • Exploiting the Constraint (i.e. not wasting the bottleneck to " get 100% use of the constraint)

  • Subordinating to the Constraint (i.e. "Rearrange others to what you need to maintain 100% of the constraint")

  • Elevating the Constraint (i.e. "Innovate to get greater than 100%)

  • Identifying the new Constraint - continual improvement loop.


The learning material goes on to expand beyond the single project to address the more challenging area of a dynamic multi-project environment.   The powerful methodology is known as Drum – Buffer – Rope (DBR) is adapted to a multi-project environment.  The essence of DBR is to stagger the commencement of projects under the pace of the overriding system constraint together with practical procedures that mitigate the evils of bad multi-tasking.  


Workshop Format
Emphasis is placed on the active involvement of the participants with an emphasis on their working environment. Exercises are extensively used, and group learning through open discussions is encouraged.   Reliable case studies that have shown great success using CI’s methodology are elaborated on throughout the workshop.  The workshop is limited to 15 participants.

A prerequisite for the learning is that the participants have experience in Project Management and understand the fundamentals of the Theory of Constraints.



Learning Outcomes

  • Meeting commitments: deliverables on time and within budget; meeting service levels within cost; Reducing downtime of key facilities and equipment.

  • Enhance service levels, greater inventory turnover, and shorten lead times. Enhancing the ability to improve system performance without incurring additional costs.

  • Improve quality by focusing our corrective and preventative actions on what counts most.

  • A shift in thinking from localized efficiency towards system effectiveness.

  • Focusing management efforts to where it counts most.

  • Allocating resources to where it counts most.

  • Enhance teamwork and job satisfaction



The Facilitator

Lewis Trigger is a recognized international expert in Constraint Innovation.Australian-born, Israel resident, Lewis is an industrial engineer (MBA, MSc, PMP),

with over 25 years of experience in applying Theory of Constraints (TOC) within the Israeli military’s maintenance; engineering, and logistics systems, within government and private industry.Over the last 18 years, Lewis has shared his expertise through his workshops to many leading Australian organizations such as Rio Tinto, Oz Minerals, Newcrest Mining, Iluka Resources, Schweppes / Asahi, Visy, Arnott’s, The Australian Submarine Corporation, The Adelaide Health Service, AKD Sawmills, the Spotlight Retail Chain, Dairy Farmers, Rosebank Engineering, AW Bell, Coopers Brewery, Government agencies at a Federal, State, and Local level.  His public workshops throughout Australia have been sponsored by Industry Partners Australia, SIRF, the University of South Australia, APICS, AIG (The Australian Industry Group), QMI (Queensland Manufacturing Institute), QUT (Queensland University of Technology), The University of Queensland, The Terrapinn Group, Dandenong South East Business Networks, (BIIG (Ballarat Innovation Industry Group).

To hear Lewis, click on the following link 

"Lewis has succeeded in combining theory with practice and passing on to workshop participants a useful set of tools as well as a systems approach.  He has demonstrated a varied and in-depth knowledge and experience." – Brigadier General Zacharier Chay (retired) – Previous Head of the Israeli Defence Force Ordnance Corps.  


" Thanks for the stimulating Critical Chain workshop you ran for us. It clarified a lot of the questions that I had, and now it all makes much more sense. .. Critical Chain in project management scheduling had not been clear to me before Monday’s workshop, I just didn’t understand the way the buffers were to work, so thank you again for making that understandable for me." -   Bruce Moffatt Senior Project Manager from one of Australia's leading defence contractors.


"I attended your session in Perth recently and found it fascinating.  I’m implementing it in one part of our business which has always given us headaches.  Now we’ve identified the constraint, the problem has become simple to see.  Great stuff."  Geoff  Brown Director of a leading Australian multimedia supplier.


"It was a true pleasure hosting you in Cyprus. I believe that your presentation skills have contributed a lot to the success of this workshop.  Thank you."  Matiss Horodishtiano – Senior Director of an internationally acclaimed hi-tech Co.'.

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