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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 a business novel set at a manufacturing plant. Don't let this put you off if you're in a business or department that doesn't manufacturing! The physical nature of the problems described in the book helps you to visualise the core message that Goldratt's putting across: The Theory of Constraints (TOC) in which any system can be viewed as a 'chain' and somewhere in that chain is a weak link that limits the throughput of the entire system. Using TOC to correctly identify the weak link, or 'constraint', is a vital first step to solving a multitude of problems. The book goes on to explain how to work with the constraint from a holistic perspective enabling you to focus your activities where they will have the highest possible beneficial impact on your business for the least amount of effort. In other words, TOC tells you which rat to whack!
I've now encountered a few people who've read this book and somehow come away with the impression that it's telling you to focus on local optima -this is certainly not the case. If, after reading the book, you have this view then I'd highly recommend reading The Logical Thinking Process by Dettmer.
TOC in itself is obvious - once you understand it.Read more ›
So you have to battle through some fairly creaky plotting and speaking as the main protagonist, Alex Rogo, tries to turn around a factory and rescue his marriage at the same time.
However, the theory of constraints which Goldratt lays out in the book should be rescued from its means of communication as it is an important one, widely applicable in business and has propelled the book to its multi-million selling status.
But, on the whole, an excellent management book. A real page-turner.
It has been an amazing mental trip and an extreme useful exercise.
Suggested reading 'it's not luck' which is the follow up of 'the goal'
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Great addition and learning experience reading this book.
Too many fad management books out there- This book gives great insight into the field. Highly recommended.
Great book! Learned a lot about how to improve my manufacturing plant!Published 22 days ago by Rebellion
A great way to get theory across, and allow the reader to see the concepts in context. Very good. Recommended.Published 2 months ago by Tim
Great method for delivering such a concept to the reader. It does get a bit textbook like when its explaining some topics though which can throw you a bit as its a style change in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allan McMillan
An excellent book. I have learnt so much about process efficiencies in manufacturing as well as how to apply these principles in other types of industry.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't put it down, read it in a weekend - which is very unusual for mePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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