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on 25 October 1998
This is not a 'how to' book but more an adventure story - a journey of discovery which cuts through much conventional thinking about cost accounting in a factory environment. This is a good read as well as being a very stimulating book. Take it on the beach and you would not be disappointed. Share it amongst your people at work and it may - just - change the way you think about the manufacturing process. No vested interest in this review. My own background is marketing and this book has as much to do with marketing as with manufacturing.
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on 6 July 1999
This book was recommended to me as part of my management degree at UMIST. It is a must for anybody with an interest in manufacturing and management. It deals with all sorts of manufacturing issues inventory / capacity / lean production etc but tells the tale in a novel based format that is exciting and meaningful. How many textbooks do you read, put down and then remember about 2% of ? This book ensures that you remember 90 % of the principles for years to come. An excellent management tool.
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on 19 October 2001
This book tells the story of a plant manager fighting to save its business. So you would think that it is directed to manufacturing managers who want to improve their operations; not at all. I work in software quality and this book has been very helpful to put the theory I learned during my MBA in perspective and helped me see how I can use this theory. Warning: Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.
Note, however, that this book is not a scientific book about the theory of constraints, lean manufacturing, or inventory management. But after you finish this book, you want to learn more about those concepts.
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on 26 November 2001
I agree with the other reviews here, that this book is a can't put down item, although a takes a 2nd read to start to understand the concept more clearly and then the even more difficult bit is actually being able to put that concept into practice within an organisation, I strongly believe that not only does the entire culture of the organisation need changing in line with the TOC concept but it must be part and parcel of the way the whole organisations operates. I work in large global telecoms company and we are just beginning to adopt this way of thinking in our business and are due to start making in roads into the cultural issues surrounding the adoption of TOC.
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You find yourself reading a very interesting and gripping Novel about a guy called Alex Rogo, a plant manager, frantically attempting to save his plant, his job and his wife. As a stand alone Novel, the book is compulsive reading but the fast-moving story, is the vehicle Eliyahu Goldratt uses to communicate a powerful management theory : the theory of constraints, a fascinating theory he himself developed. It get's into common manufacturing problems (bottle-necks, set-ups, resource management) offering clear and concise solutions. It's a great read and unlike the One Minute manager series, there's no touchy/feely stuff.
Excellent book !
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on 27 June 2002
I really enjoyed this book. It works. It's a business book but it's message is woven into a novel with a plot, a hero, a climax and a happy ending.
As a non-business person, I can't really tell if the business ideas are sound or not. They seem to be plausible and they are appealing; particularly the ideas that relate to the futility of many modern management techniques.
The writer sells us his theories by letting the underdog characters - those on the factory floor (hero included) - show us that the conventional way of doing things doesn't work. Only by rebelling and taking risks, are the underdogs able to turn their factory around. The bad guys, that is, management in their ivory towers, are more of a hindrance than a help. Somehow, this all rings true - the writer really taps into something about management not having a clue.
The hero is made attractive to us because he doesn't have all the solutions himself. He is forced to nut out many of his new concepts with his colleagues. Their team work and team spirit is
inspirational. They come across as mere mortals, prone to latching onto erroneous beliefs and only after much blood, sweat and tears are they able to make their triumphal breakthroughs.
The road to these breakthroughs is a gripping ride: will the team, lead by Alex, the hero, be able to save the factory? The clock is ticking and with the solution of each problem, comes new problems. Nail biting stuff! Some of the jargon gets tedious at times but most of it can be skimmed through.
Some proof of the effectiveness of this book's ability to sell its message is that it makes me want to rush out and try to solve all of my problems - not just business ones - by applying the techniques canvassed in the book.
The thing I like most about this book is that one could easily justify reading it at work.
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on 6 August 2001
I first read this book as part of my Business Studies Degree and this played an invaluable role in my learning process....
Since that time I have been working in various ares of business and have recently ended up running the operations management for a large organisation. As a result I decided to repurchase the book that provided such a good base for me.
This book is written in a manner that deals with complex issues and puts them into a simple yet excellent form that highlights the major points of what is important in this field.
Ultimately, the Goal tries to show how a business should look at issues with a view of increasing profitability. A must!
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on 7 September 2003
Bought the book on the Monday and received it on the Friday. It's now the Sunday and I have read the book non-stop all weekend. I have now logged on to buy more books by the same author. 100% engaging. How often can you say that about a text book ?
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on 28 February 1999
Common sense, easy to read, but most of all in this book about manufacturing the author describes situations that can be identified in every process, not just in manufacturing. The scenarios he comes up with are certainly worth a few good thoughts as well. Therefor as a project manager in the business of software development I recommend this book. The only minus - which in my opinion cost this book its fifth crown - is the finish. I had the feeling that the author had finished his message and did not know how to finish the book. I was hoping for more excellent and sensible stuff though.
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on 15 September 2016
This is a book that is easy to read being in a novel form rather than business management style. While just a little dated now it does stimulate the production manager to think in a different way in order to generate better efficiency. Some may say that this is pertinent only to a manufacturing process but its concepts are easily transferred to a service environment with a little bit of imagination. Even in a complex health service it is enlightening to visualise the patient as an initial resource and follow through the 'production' process (GP, hospital, discharge) and gain insights in how it can be improved.
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