This is the companion book to The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. If you loved your introduction to the Theory of Constraints when you read the novel, this is an obvious next step to put meat onto the bones of the ideas introduced.
This is a very visual book with a diagram or summary slide on the right side of every double page and with explanatory text on the left hand page.
The book was originally released in 1986 when there was little else available about TOC and was invaluable at the time. It's much more of a how to guide although, if you want to put the ideas into practice, you really need specialist software.
In the last 30 years, the ideas behind TOC have developed and there are now many more books available. They may be good but they're often hard going in my experience. This is much easier to understand but it is strictly for manufacturers because the ideas hadn't been opened us as widely as they have been now.
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The book arrived on time and in good nick so was pleased with that. I have read this book and it does what it says on the box, it is essential reading for managers and consultants and you should repeat reading the content until you know it off by heart. My personal recomendation is that you buy all the books by Goldratt and read them all several times to drive his principles of TOC home.