S&T Tree - Moving from MTS to MTA

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt


Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Advanced and Intermediate

Designed for:

Consultants, Executives, Implementers and Managers


Decisive Competitive Edge (DCE), Distribution, Operations/Production and Supply Chain


Strategy & Tactic Tree




Windows & Mac



The S&T tree is the organizer of all the knowledge gained by analyzing an organization using the other thinking processes. The logical structure of the S&T tree guides organizational focus – starting from the highest objective, the S&T tree logically derives which actions must be taken in which order at all levels of the organization.An S&T tree provides the roadmap to build, capitalize, and sustain a decisive competitive edge.

The S&T Tree for moving from Make to Stock (MTS) to Make to Availability (MTA) environment was created for Consumer Goods manufacturers that sell products to retail companies, and that want to create a decisive competitive edge based on inventory turns and availability of the products that the end customer needs. A Consumer Goods manufacturer is highly reliable when it consistently has the inventory turns that ensure availability of the products the end customer needs.