When concepts of a software become a management approach
In the beginning of the 1980″s, a software package called OPT stirred up quite a lot of controversy. Not enough being one of the first finite capacity scheduling packages for production, OPT seemed to be even more unique because it adopted new concepts that were in conflict with some basic management norms based on cost accounting.
Reality proved the new concepts to be much more important in delivering benefits than the software itself. At this point OPT stopped being a software package and became a management approach.
In 1985, Dr. Goldratt published the business novel “The Goal”, which explains the main new concepts behind OPT. Being independent from OPT the new management philosophy developed rapidly to the more advanced Theory of Constraints (TOC) – that today covers all relevant organizational and business functions.