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Product details

  • 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)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2004
Format: Paperback
This novel succeeds in being outstanding at so many levels that it could receive a multiple of five stars. It is hard to imagine a management book in novel form ever approaching this one in usefulness. Most people will learn more that they can apply from this book about management than many people learn to apply from an M.B.A.
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.
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Stories are one of the best ways to teach. Eliyahu Goldratt is a master at weaving a tale to teach a crucial concept in manufacturing.

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!

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I read this book many years ago whilst a Masters student in Quality Engineering. I thought it was useful and helpful, and simply used it as good guide to help me pass my exams.

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
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I have often been confused about whether to focus on my strengths or on my weakenesses. Constraints and their management could be the way identify the inertia factors, the drag, if you will on the speed of my and your progress. I often preferred the optimistic view point, focus on strengths, increase them and move forward and over the years, not so significant change. This insight from Eli is making me think that focus on my constraints may be just the thing I need to lift-off. Thank you Eli!
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Great book. It was recommended by my tutor. I find it interesting and helpful at the same time. I am looking forward to finishing it.
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