Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox – The Goal

The-goal-bookcoverWhereas I encountered Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints in various meetings on planning, and project management conferences, I never read The Goal (1986), until now. In 2014 I bought a stack of classic management books from Henk Jan Kamsteeg (author, coach, Communications & Marketing manager at In Justice Mission Netherlands). One of that books: the Dutch translation of The Goal. The Theory of Constraints packed in a novel, part facing tough production issues, part love story. Both marriage and work have their challenges. It’s up to Alex Rogo to find solutions. Jonah is his coach, practicing Socratic questioning. What proves to be common sense may be so difficult to find. How to streamline production processes, avoiding waste, unneeded stocks, and become profitable again? Learn the 5 important steps of the Theory of Constraints from a as real as possible live situation.

If you still want to wait for the movie. Good news:

A summary of takeaways of The Goal can be found at TOC Institute.

About the author

Eli Goldratt is an educator, author, scientist, philosopher, and business leader. But he is, first and foremost, a thinker who provokes others to think. Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” Dr. Goldratt exhorts his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy from Bar-Ilan University. In addition to his pioneering work in Business Management and education, he holds patents in a number of areas ranging from medical devices to drip irrigation to temperature sensors.

He is the author of “THE GOAL“, an underground best seller that utilizes a non-traditional approach to convey important business information–it is a business textbook written in novel form, disguised as a love story. The ideas illustrated in “THE GOAL” underscore Dr. Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints, an overall framework for helping businesses determine:

What to change—what is the leverage point

What to change to—what are the simple, practical solutions

How to cause the change—overcoming the inherent resistance to change.
In the subject of production, Dr. Goldratt also wrote Production the TOC Way, a self-learning kit for manufacturers interested in applying TOC techniques and spreading them within their companies..

Dr. Goldratt wrote the sequel to The Goal, It’s Not Luck. All aspects of the corporate structure are revealed in his unique way, as the Theory of Constraints peels away the common nonsense and reveals what lies hidden beneath our inertia.

Eli Goldratt’s novel, “Critical Chain”, reveals the reasons projects never finish on time or within budget or within specs, and develops an alternate TOC approach to managing projects. The action in Critical Chain takes place in a university setting and also deals with the problem facing academic institutions with large graduate business programs – MBA programs that are not producing what businesses need.

In addition, he has written several other books; The Race, What is this thing called TOC, The Haystack Syndrome. He is a frequent contributor to scientific journals, magazines and business publications and sits on several editorial boards.

One of Goldratt‘s masterpiece is an eight session educational series: the Goldratt Satellite Program (now available on CD-ROM and soon on DVD). This series is a common sense approach to business that provides a global picture that illustrates how functions/departments fit together allowing managers to obtain a solid grasp of seeing the company as a whole. Through this series a common language and understanding is acquired which will enhance the quality of decision making, improve communication and stimulate new solutions, providing benefits for the entire company.

Dr. Goldratt‘s latest book, Necessary but not sufficient was published in the Fall of 2000. This novel reveals that although new technology may be necessary in order to make major improvements, this technology is not sufficient to achieve results. Technology, by itself, does not make, but simply allows or creates opportunity for reality to change. For sufficiency, the rules must also be changed.

In October 2003, Dr. Goldratt revised the Production TOC Way with Simulator making it Windows compatible and showing how to jump the performance in production with the managerial know-how, the logistical know-how, and equally important the psychological know-how.

Eli Goldratt’s latest masterpiece is the TOC Insights. Developed with Avraham (Rami) Goldratt the TOC INSIGHTS cover all the aspects of logistics (Operations; Finance and Measurements; Project Management and Engineering; Distribution and Supply-Chain). This material not only outlines the details of all the logistical applications of the Theory Of Constraints, but is as digestible as The Goal;