Theory of Constraints Consultant (TOC Consultant) Vancouver, BC, Canada
Management Consultant Steve Jackson, managing partner of Synchronix and certified by TOC-ICO as a TOC Expert in all 6 designations, first introduced the technology known as TOC, Theory of Constraints, into Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1988.
He was the first Canadian TOC consultant.
That’s a long, long time ago.
Since then, MRP evolved to ERP. Just-In-Time emerged, then became folded-in to Lean Manufacturing which has grown in leaps and bounds, of course. Total Quality Management became stronger although in popularity it has been superseded by Six Sigma.
Starting with his time as President of the local APICS Chapter, and with a CFPIM designation (Certified at the level of Fellow in Production & Inventory Management) gained in 1984, for the past 28+ years Steve has naturally had regular exposure to all the standard and leading edge bodies of knowledge at the time.
His partner for 25 years was a TQM specialist. His closest business alliances these days are with a Lean consultant and a Six Sigma specialist. ERP is in place in almost every company Steve works with.
Yet as a management consultant in Vancouver, where there’s a preponderance of small manufacturers, Steve has remained 100% focused on Theory of Constraints consulting because he remained consistent in the criteria for any technology he would advocate:
- Fast results
- Large results
- Sustainable results
- Results could be gained independent of any computer system
- Results could be gained in less-than-perfect environments i.e. where data is missing or inaccurate, there is little “fat” in terms of personnel to work on any improvement projects, and where the majority of management and staff are not business-school graduates – rather, they have grown up in the school of hard knocks. For example, there were (and are) many family owned businesses.
The dramatic difference in implementation results gained from Theory of Constraints clients in contrast to the results from other bodies of knowledge has validated Steve’s choice over almost 30 years, and continues to do so today.
Of course, being a management consultant specializing in Theory of Constraints in Vancouver in 2015 still means being entirely familiar with ERP systems, Lean Manufacturing, and Six Sigma; Steve’s Joint Venture partners in Lean and Six Sigma are people with whom he has had a business relationship for more than 20 years.
ERP, Lean and Six Sigma certainly dominate the performance improvement arena, and management consultants in those areas are typically very busy.
Yet the best selling book “The Goal” by Eliyahu (Eli) Gooldratt remains extremely popular, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ endorsement of The Goal as one of only 3 books that he insists Amazon executives reads validates the relevance of the book today. In fact, TOC consultants world-wide would probably say the book and the message is more relevant today than at any other time in history.
Today, Theory of Constraints in Vancouver, BC is the favored technique of a small cadre of manufacturers — representing a variety of industries — who enjoy the performance advantages.
TOC in Canada (Theory of Constraints in Canada) continues to grow as a “movement,” never reaching the peaks of other popular improvement technologies but showing a level of steady growth for more than 25 years. It is taught at BCIT, UBC and Simon Fraser Universities. In fact, Steve taught the BCIT instructors back in 1990 and the current Instructors on that campus are long-time colleagues.
Speaking as a certified TOC expert and a long-term TOC consultant Canada is a target-rich environment for the nature and scale of improvement offered by Theory of Constraints and provided by the consultant services of Synchronix Technologies in Vancouver, BC, Canada since 1988.