theory of constraint

What is ‘Change’

By Srinidhi Boray

Change affects everybody. And it will happen again and again, when the entropic equilibrium is disturbed. It is a systemic property. It is not driven by a person nor a simple one factor. It is not a property of personality. It is the intrinsic systemic property. Change happens so political reforms happen. It is not the other-way around.

Many factor comes into play for a change to occur. It is very difficult to visualize changes and the transformations. The only thing that can be understood is the process that facilitaes the change not the final form the change will lead into, until it comes to a rest. As John Zachman points, change is a ‘step function’. It is not  a liner extrapolation of the past. It is a dynamic evolution of a completely new system, which is very difficult to be envisaged.

From the Theory of Constraints, it is known that the degree of Complexity reduces the degree of Freedom within a certain system boundary. After a certain complexity threshold is reached, the system has to completely metamorphise to overcome the systemic constraint, and to do so, has to evolve into a completely new system. It will not any longer be mere re-form, rather it will be ‘generative’.  Certainty can only be held that long. After a certain threshold it will be the fiefdom of the Uncertainty until the next stable state is reached. While discussing harmony, chaos is presumed. The ceaseless juggle between the two is responsible for producing a newer system.


Can Enterprise Architecture be Expressed as a Set of Partial Differential Equations?

By Srinidhi Boray

All complexities can be studied by applying simple Axioms, such that the laws of nature governing the system as a whole explains the EA behavior.

EnterpriseArchitecture = f (Process Architecture) +f (Performance) + f(Cost) +f(Architecture decisions) + f (Degree of Problem Complexity)+ f ( Process ofCreation) + f (Operations) + f (Market) …..etc

Change in any of the variable impacts the EA behavior, the concern is in understanding that a change happens and how this can be aligned with the desired objective.

Remember, increasing ‘Degree of Complexity’ reduces the ‘Degree of Freedom’, from Goldratt’s Theory Of Constraint ;

i.e, ‘Complexity’ and ‘Freedom of  Operation’ are inversely proportional.

ProcessArch = f(Business Arch) +f(Information Arch) + f(Solution Arch) + f (TechnologyArch) + f (Degree of Solution Complexity) + …etc

Processes= f (Function) +f (Business Ontology) + f (Degree of Business Abstraction) + f(Aggregated Cost)

Function=f (Activities) + f (physical resources) + f (information) + f (abstraction –businessrules) + f (actual cost) + ……etc

Since Enterprise Architecture entails both ‘analysis’ and ‘synthesis’., differential calculus and integration both could be applied.


Enterprise Architecture – Theory of Constraints – EA unravels Complexity – ‘Success is not Luck’

Goldratt on ‘Theory of Constraint’

    Advt based on TOC – Regulated Harmony

While credit card speeded up the process, it did take away money from one and made dependent on the Creditors. Credit Card companies make awesome loads of money taking advantage of the imposed systemic dependency. (antithesis)

    Note: TOC attempts to detect bottlenecks in processes (especially in a simpler process cell) that may eventually choke the entire system.

Self Regulating Chaos (subconscious intelligence)

    Or is it really Harmony Discerned from Chaos !!Probabilistic Determinism – seems like Harmony, While individual occurances are stochastic (random)