- Paperback: 273 pages
- Publisher: North River Press; New ed of 2 Revised ed of edition (Dec. 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0884270610
- ISBN-13: 978-0884270614
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.4 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goal Paperback – 1 Dec 1989
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The basic story is built around the dilemmas facing Alex Rogo, a newly-appointed plant manager. The plant can't seem to ship, it's losing money, and bad things can happen to good people if all this doesn't change soon. Alex is at a loss for what to do until he pulls out a cigar that Jonah, a physicist from Israel, had recently given him. That cigar reminds him to contact Jonah for possible help. From there, the path to recovery begins.
Let me describe some of the many levels on which this novel is valuable.
First, the book explains how to see businesses as systems as well as any other book on this subject. It compares favorably in this area to such important works as The Fifth Discipline and the Fifth Discipline Handbook. The metaphor of how to speed up a slow-moving group of boy scouts will be visceral to anyone who has done any hiking with a group.
Second, the book helps you learn how to improve the performance of a system by providing you with a replicable process that you can apply to analyzing any human or engineering system. The primary metaphor is improving a manufacturing process, but the same principles apply more broadly to other circumstances.
Third, you will experience the power of the Socratic method as a way to stimulate your mind to learn, and to use Socratic questions to stimulate the minds of others to become better thinkers and doers.Read more ›
The Goal is the story of locating bottlenecks and streamlining a manufacturing line. The story is full of twists and turns, a super consultant named Jonah who speaks in riddles and a cast of believable characters. To make the story even more believable it is spiced with real life problems at home that our hero Alex must solve simultaneously while he is desperately trying to save the plant he is responsible for from closing down.
Goldratt is on a mission to take manufacturing form an art to a science and this is his way of doing just that. The book is well worth the time for anyone interested in using critical thinking and common sense to solve manufacturing problems. Highly recommended!
The Re-Discovery of Common Sense: A Guide To: The Lost Art of Critical Thinking
A few years later I found myself as the Operations Manager for at a plastic injection moulding facility - something I knew little about. I returned to the goal for guidance - breaking bottlenecks became my mantra.
Of course the goals has other helpful points to make - but bottle necks still resonates with me all these years later. As a managment book it is still refreshing to see one written as a novel - it may have been available for years but it is still thought provoking
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good intro to basic understanding of theory of constraints but reads dated now.Published 10 months ago by Innitbruv
A great book. A must read for individuals involved in operations management.Published 14 months ago by Mathi22