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CONSTRAINT MANAGEMENT


(5 Step Form)


1. IDENTIFY (FIND PROBLEM)

Daughter is worried about taking her car to UT Austin this fall. Afraid it will get "ragged out" and will be difficult to drive around town. She has made it a point to take excellent care of her car and wants to keep it looking nice.


2. EXPLOIT (DEFINE CAUSE(S) AND CURE(S))

CAUSE(S):
* The front of her car is long - this makes pulling out from apartments and side roads difficult. Have to pull out enough to see whats coming and then the front of the car is out in the road.
* Car is low - bottoms out when pulling out from some apartments and side roads.
* Car is wide - makes parking vehicle more difficult.
* Car is new and mint condition - worried it will get dents and scratches from other vehicles when parked around town and at apartments.

CURE(S):
Get a vehicle more suitable


OTHER
Cause(s)
* No prior experience driving in city traffic
* Not familiar with streets\geograhpy

Cure(s)
Will acquire driving skills and familiarity with streets after moving to Austin


3. SUBORDINATE (INVOLVE\TRAIN OTHERS)
Daughter, Mom and Dad discuss the problem and agree that getting another vehicle more suitable is the right thing to do.


4. ELEVATE (DOCUMENT IMPROVEMENT)
Will have to spend $ to get another vehicle. Daughter to buy the car with her money. Mom and Dad will pay the insurance.


5. INERTIA (CELEBRATE SUCCESS)
If at some future point Daughter decides to use her newer car then we can sell or possible Dad buy the other car.


Other thoughts:
* If newer car is now worth 14,000 and is taken to Austin and "ragged out" and devalued to 7,000 this has cost 7,000. Also Daughter would be upset and Dad will hear "I told you so" many times from Daughter.

* Insurance on another vehicle will cost more. The replacement vehicle will be at a lower value around 6,000. Insurance cost will be somewhat offset by Daughter being designated driving on a lower cost vehicle.


The vehicle constraint solution


NOTE: Beware of the resistance layers that hinder progress on solving constraints.
 Don't say:
   A) It's not our fault
   B) Our problems are different
   C) Don't have time
   D) Policy won't let us
   E) Management won't support us

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