ViAGO partners with specialist service providers for Phases 1 to 4 of the 9 Phases of Productivity to clear the prerequisites to you receiving a high value Phase 7 installation. You may be using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system such as CargoWise One and if so we will partner with a specialist in that system to support, tune and implement the technical components required.

  • When the data flow needs are low in volume (e.g. small sites, manufacturing and accounting service providers) the solution can be implemented without software.

PHASE 7. CONSTRAINT & RISK MANAGEMENT “Subordinating to the flow”

Phase 7 is where many businesses approach ViAGO for assistance. It is typical at this stage that there be a need to make a step change in workflow productivity and it has been found that internal approaches are not proving as effective or as fast as hoped.


Here’s a map of your journey and some of the things ViAGO will help you do
Phase 6.4 “Flushing Work In Progress” 7.1 “Buckets & Buffers” 7.2 “Visual Boards” 7.3 “Tuning Your System” 7.4 “Process Reengineering” 8.1 “Statistical Process Control”
Phase Tactics In 6.4 you’ll starving the first operation to consume the
queues of work in front of resources and to increase the
availability of your resources. You’ll clear the
prerequires for all jobs held back
In 7.1, you’ll use an advanced “workflow diagram” (called a
schematic) to create and size the protective buffers and to
route the flow of work into these buffers (where timing
In 7.2 you’ll use a ‘roping’ method to schedule the release
of work to match your constraint output (a Pull approach),
and you will increase your constraints output
In 7.3 you’ll amplify your benefits with an ongoing tuning
process. With each pass, you’ll increase the output of your
In 7.4, you’ll ramp up your process reengineering to
accelerate flows and eliminate non-productive time. You
will find ways to offload the constraint to increase the
Throughput velocity of your system.
In 8.1, you learn to increase efficiency across the board,
using advanced Measurement and Buffer Management
Phase Learning How to safely clear out Work in progress. How to identify the system bottleneck.

How to place strategic protections in the flow.

How to size a protective buffer.

How to create visual feedback (buffer boards) of the state
of the system. How to use visual boards to shape productive behaviours. Understanding and implementing the Throughput World
How to recover lost constraint time.

“Pull right first time”

Place quality assurance step to eliminate constraint

How to streamline workflows.

Understanding the return on investment impact of the

Changing policies and work practices that limit constraint

How to create and interpret real time “S curves”.

When is it safe to “reel in the ropes”.

Buffer logging and how to use it to eliminate the
significant risks to stability.