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EM 526 Constraints Management is taught each Spring Semester (beginning in the first full week of January and ending the first week of May).  The weekly lectures are taught by "Video Streaming" over the Internet using live video conferencing software.  This course is available anywhere you have a high speed Internet connection.

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Other TOC Classes as Washington State University
Link to
EM 530 Applications in Constraints Management
Link to
EM 534 Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management
Link to
Constraints Management Certificate from WSU

"We can all think." "Systems are Simple." "Everything can be Improved." "Never Say I know." "There is a way!"


Class Syllabus

Students completing this course in the TOC Thinking Process can receive a Jonah Certificate from TOCICO (the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization).
EM 526 is the TOC Thinking Process plus much discussion about other TOC topics.
This class (with practice afterwards) is sufficient to prepare for the TOCICO Thinking Process Certification Exam.

(See a  Introduction to The Theory of Constraints: Constraints Management Overviews)


Graduate classes taught over a distance are not as easy as being in a classroom. But, we know how to do this.  You can make it. It's easy to communicate through audio and video during class. There is also a Live Chat Room during lecture.  Students are assigned to a Team during class.  Students also review other student's work.  Our course software has a special Email service for our class.  Each Team has a Student Assistant to answer questions and ask leading questions. And, the Instructor is always available. 


Course Content: EM 526 Constraints Management focuses on Eli Goldratt's Thinking Processes. Students learn the Thinking Processes by applying them to a complex problem of their own choosing. They analysis the system by logical cause and effect to find the core conflict of the system. They discover breakthrough solutions as new directions for their future. Students validate their solution with a Future Reality Tree (could consider this as the company strategy plan) trimming the negative effects. They also create a step-by-step action plan to overcome all the obstacles in their plan and cause the future to exist in reality.

This course is for students looking for new solutions to unresolved problems or to find ways to implement proven solutions in a complex system. (Students wanting to learn the proven solutions of Drum-Buffer-Rope, Critical Chain Project Management, Replenishment and Supply Chain should take EM 530 Applications in Constraints Management).

Students who have completed both EM 526 and EM 530 can enroll in EM 534 Contemporary Topics in Constraints Management multiple times to keep up-to-date with the most current TOC materials. A Certificate in Constraints Management is also available. See details at: http://www.engrmgt.wsu.edu/certificates.html

EM 526 Constraints Management is a course intended for graduate engineers pursuing a masters degree in Engineering Management. Others in different degree granting programs may apply. The minimum requirements for admission to the EM 526 Constraints Management course are:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A 3.0 or equivalent undergraduate GPA (or approval from the instructor.)
  • A serious interest in learning the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes to solve complex, systemic problems.

Note: Qualified undergraduates can enroll in EM 426 Constraints Management at the undergraduate level.

There will be a class size limit for combined EM 526 and EM 426. Those enrolling in EM 526 receive preference.

Other information for visitors:

Course Documents
Class Syllabus

Link to Fast CRTs
Link to
Fast FRTs
Link to
Fast PRTs

Other Sources of TOC Information
TOC Books (Compiled by Jim Cox): Compiled List
YouTube Video's for your Children
 Roni's Thinking Games Chapter 1. The Bath Cause and Effect
 Roni's Thinking Games Chapter 2. Telling a Story Multi Tasking Twig
 Roni's Thinking Games Chapter 3. The Turtle If and Then
 Roni's Thinking Games Chapter 4.
The Bag Solving Problems
 Roni's Thinking Games Chapter 5.
Hot Soup Negative Branches

Formal Organizations or groups

Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt Foundation

TOC International Certification Organization TOC Professional Registration
Goldratt Consulting Dr Goldratt's Group.
Goldratt Marketing Source of Supplies and Info
TOC for Education TOC for Elementary to High School Education and Administration
TOC World a unbiased TOC source by Antonio Diaz
A Cloud-A-Day is a personal endeavor of Petr Zitnick in Prague
TOC for InterCultural Dialogue Using TOC to Communicate across Boundaries
Goldratt Schools Place for commercial eduction in TOC
TOC Thinkers is a thought provoking TOC blog
Rational Systems being really Socratic
Iowa State's TOC Program
Consultants in no particular order:
Viable Vision Video
autoSocratic News Letter
Guide to Implementing TOC
The Goal Institute
Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute Home Page
TOC Goldratt Institute UK/Scotland/Wales
TOC Goldratt Mexico
TOC-Lean Institute-UK
The TOC Center Home Page
Vector Strategies Implementing DBR/CCPM/Replenishment all together
Chesapeake Consulting
Afinitus Group Consulting
TOC Solutions
TOC Utah
Constraints Management Group Home page
Crazy About Constraints Page
Bill Dettmer's Goal Systems Page
Pinnacle Strategies
Larry Leach's Advanced Projects Inc.
Frank Patrick's Page Focused Performance
Deming and Goldratt (System of Profound Knowledge)
Tony Rizzo Product Development Institute
The Science of Business
WWW.TOCWorkshop.Com is a provider of TOC material on-line for a fee
TOC Software Links:
Spherical Angle - CCPulse (Critical Chain Software)
ProChain (TOC based software)
Realization Software (Multi Project Critical Chain based software)
Synchrono DBR/Simplified DBR software provider
Manugistics Distributors of OPT (TOC based software)
Transformation Logic Tree Software (TLT) Free Logic Tree Drawing Software
Flying Logic Software that resizes and relocates entities; includes confidence factors.
Gliffy-on-Line Software to create and share your logic trees on line for cheap.
Mindjet Software to create TOC trees (some templates available)
Inspiration Software to create TOC Trees.
Visual Project Management (VPM-Lite is a Free CCPM App for the iPhone).

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