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The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Paperback – June 1, 2014
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"A survey of the reading habits of managers found that though they buy books by the likes of Tom Peters for display purposes, the one management book they have actually read from cover to cover is The Goal." -- The Economist<br \><br \>"Anybody who considers himself a manager should rush out, buy and devour this book immediately. If you are the only one in your place to have read it, your progress along the path to the top may suddenly accelerate...one of the most outstanding business books I have ever encountered." --Punch Magazine
"Like Mrs. Fields and her cookies, The Goal was too tasty to remain obscure. Companies began buying big batches and management schools included it in their curriculums." --Fortune Magazine
"This theory provided a persuasive solution for factories struggling with production delays and low revenues." --Harvard Business Review
About the Author
Eliyahu M. Goldratt is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management concepts and systems, and acts as an educator to many of the world's corporations.
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There are issues with the book for sure. It's dated. Some characters are caricatures, especially the female characters. The story alternates between the work and the home life of the main character, a plant manager, and the stories of his troubled marriage and absentee fatherhood I found awkward and painful to follow. How he negotiates with his wife I found misogynistic and then their resolution a bit hollywood.
But I did walk away from the book with some really useful distinctions about lean manufacturing and ideas for how that applies to Agile - especially kanban-style - project management for software. And I'm applying that to our work processes already. This then lead me to read more about the Toyota Production System, the real life example of how these distinctions were applied best in the 1970's. And I found myself wanting to read more on the topic, next up for me is his book Critical Chain, written 13 years later and with a focus more on project management compared to manufacturing.
I plan keep it at work and suggest it for co-workers.
My husband also is a machine operator and where he works they have all read this and do many things referenced in the book. He is planning to read it.
I now know why a previous boss would say "Let's find our Herbie". 17+ years in the industry and I had no clue until I read this.
The novel is told in the perspective of a struggling fictional production manager who is put into non-fictional manufacturing and personal hardships. As a minor spoiler, a couple interesting production strategies that Goldratt introduces in his story are the theory of constraints, the concept of a bottleneck, and the three terms that are essential to a balanced firm. Using events in the life of the main character, Alex Rogo, we are able to observe how these notions can relate to our domestic lives. An example of how cleverly Goldratt ties a business strategy to the character’s personal story could be observed with the idea of a bottleneck. Rogo connects the concepts of a bottleneck to his son’s Boy Scout hiking trip and how the chubbiest Boy Scout inhibited the hikers’ ability to maintain a quick walking speed. Through this, not only does it demonstrate how Rogo grasped its application, but also, it helps the reader fully understand it as an important aspect to today’s business.
Throughout the novel, Goldratt cleverly informs and teaches the reader in this way, where real world production strategies are not only applicable to Alex Rogo’s life, but in our lives as well. By using this fictional character and his attempt to correlate his personal life to his professional business, we sympathize as professionals to improve every aspect of our lives in very similar ways.