Subordinate Everything Else to the Above Decision

This is the key to focusing your effort. While subordinating, you may find many assumptions that seem to inhibit doing the right thing. For example, in The Goal, Alex Rogo discovers measurement constraints (efficiencies) that would prevent him from doing the right things if he paid attention to them. The accounting system valued finished-goods inventory as an asset, and it made his financial reports look good to build inventory. In fact, making and storing inventory costs money and can plug up the system's constraint, delaying work that would otherwise go directly to a customer and create income. Likewise, measuring workstations by efficiencies causes people to build parts for products that are not going to sell immediately, causing cash outlay for parts, and possibly plugging the system constraint, again impacting products that customers want and that would lead to immediate income.

Since project management has been in existence for over 40 years with little change, isn't it likely that there are some assumptions, policies, or artificial constraints that do not work well any more? Is it possible that some of the measures used to manage a project actually make it less likely to meet the goal?

This step is the first part of deciding "how to cause the change."

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