This is actually a present topic creating some interesting conversations for University advisors. The discussion is whether TOC should or should not be included in Lean & Six Sigma courses. At the moment, the industry perspective is that it does not fall under either curriculum for Lean or Six Sigma. However, TOC definitely has some impactful concepts that fall under the broader umbrella of continuous improvement or process improvement.

Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at She is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Instructor at University of California San Diego and teaches in San Diego State University’s Lean Enterprise Program. For almost 20 years, she has helped leading organizations like Washington State, Charles Schwab and GE build problem-solving muscles.