Apply the theory of constraints

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSS405024A, 'Apply the theory of constraints'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Identify the system constraint and throughput


Identify goals and objectives of the organisation


Identify systems, processes and products to be examined


Determine throughput of steps within the system


Identify the capacity constrained process


Determine optimum throughput of capacity constrained process (drum)


Determine maximum system throughput based on the capacity constrained process


Optimise constraint throughput


Determine optimum accumulation (buffer) before capacity constrained process


Determine appropriate supply schedule and trigger (rope) for buffer


Implement buffer and rope to match drum


Monitor capacity constrained process and system to ensure optimum throughput


Take required actions to minimise non-productive rate at capacity constrained process


Prioritise processes and resources to maximising output at the constraint


Ensure operations and individuals in non-constrained locations protect buffers and prevent build-up of work in process except at buffer locations


Identify operations that conflict with maximising constraint performance and replace with measures that help maximise throughput


Determine strategy to reduce capacity constraint


Examine causes of the constrained capacity


Develop possible ways of increasing system capacity


Analyse and rank possible alternatives for increasing capacity


Draft a strategy for increasing capacity of system


Obtain required approval for response strategy


Implement a process of on-going improvement as appropriate


Develop an implementation plan appropriate to the organisation


Implement plan, as appropriate


Monitor implementation


Modify implementation plan, as appropriate


Identify next capacity constrained process and take appropriate action