The activities associated with the gathering and determination whether the network configuration is capable of servicing its customers in its current configuration.
The purpose of Network Constraints Analysis is to determine whether the network is capable to service its customers in its current configuration – e.g. meeting lead time, cost, inventory strategic goals. It serves as a first pass of performance analysis/root causing. This is a collection of (heuristic) calculations/tools.
Tools: Grid analysis, heuristic gravity modeling, network modeling software.
The complexity of the network determines the complexity of the calculations, for more complex networks software may be required to process the large amount of information and possible scenarios. Over-complicating the problem may result in analysis paralysis. (Consider statistical perfection versus directional accuracy).