Those of us who dealt with operations management – in my case, years of helping manufacturing and process engineers improve automation production, have dealt with what’s simply known as a gating item.
A gating item is when everything you want to get done is essentially being metered by one of the steps in the process chain. And if that’s too theoretical then let’s bring it to everyday occurrences.
Think about what a traffic light does to cars moving. Think about what an airplane door does to boarding and leaving the plane.
Think about … you get it. Gating items are naturally everywhere and are very important to understand in your own world when you are trying to get better, faster outcomes.