The New Beginning as in Bob Sproull’s previous books recommends using a procedure that combines the three main operational excellence approaches of Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints. The Theory of Constraints will tell you where to act—on the constraint—and then you use focused and prioritized Lean and Six Sigma. This manner of doing things is getting more and more pertinent year by year.

The world in which we operate is constantly becoming more volatile and less predictable, and this tendency will continue. Yet we are still using management practices that were designed for a much more stable environment. Companies still use annual budgets. When they sign off a budget, management claims that it has distributed the work ...

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