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  • ISBN-13: 9781606405116
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Playaway Adult Nonfiction Series
  • Format: Other
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Educational but Easy Read

    Eliyahu Goldratt's "The Goal" introduces and explains Goldratt's Theory of Constraints a way that is easy to understand and relate to. The intention of this book is to make his Theory of Constraints more widely accepted by the manufacturing industry and he does this by explaining his Theory of Constraints in a fictional novel. Goldratt tactfully interweaves his thoery into an interesting story where the reader wants to continue reading to see how the story unfolds about Alex Rogo, the main character, and the problems that he encounters in his manufacturing plant.

    Mr. Rogo is the manager of a plant is having problems meeting their demands and quarterly financial goals. If changes are not made and productivity of the plant is not improved, the plant is in danger of being shut down. Mr. Rogo is faced with the almost impossible task of making these changes and in a very short time frame.

    In desperate need of help Mr. Rogo turns to his old college physics professor who he had recently run into for help. Johan, the physics professor, now business consultant meets with Alex and gives Alex some guidance, but does not give Alex the direct answers to his problems. In doing this Alex learns how to solve the problems himself with Johan's help and this is how the reader is introduced to the Theory of Constraints.

    Through out the book the reader sees how the problems in the plant are solved with Johan's help and how new problems are developed and dealt with accordingly. The main point of the book is how to meet the "Goal" and the book does a great job of using analogies and examples of things that will help make the "Goal" more achievable.

    This book is a great read for anyone that is looking to learn about manufacturing process optimization or how to make a manufacturing company more profitable. It introduces and explains how do this in a practical was that is easily understandable and enjoyable unlike may textbooks or manuals that may teach the same information. Overall I was able to learn a lot of useful knowledge from this book and I think that many manufacturing companies and schools could benefit greatly by having employees and students read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Intriguing, informative read

    Although this was a required reading for me, it was a surprisingly enjoyable read. The author does a very good job to intertwine the concepts of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints while keeping the reader entertained through the novel's story. The back story was so well done that I barely realized this was an educational book. I highly recommend it for not only anyone that will be going into a manufacturing environment, but anyone going into a process improvement job that could utilize the Theory of Constraints. This book follows the journey of the main character, Alex Rogo, as he figures out what "The Goal" is and how to go about achieving it. He finds a mentor, Jonah (a representation of Goldratt), who helps him through his journey of fixing his manufacturing plant. However, while being consumed with trying to fix his plant, Alex Rogo's time is consumed in this and the book follows how this affects his marriage and family life. This was the most intriguing part of the book for myself since this aspect of the book made it seem most realistic and easy to connect to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    A MUST READ!!

    "The Goal", by Eli Goldratt, follows the life of Alex Rogo, a plant manager who is told that he will lose his job unless he turns his manufacturing plant around and get it to make money. He enlists the help of an old friend in this endeavor, who teaches and guides him toward his goal, using the Theory of Constraints. Through Alex's struggles, failures, and victories, Goldratt is able to present and define his theory in an easy to understand manner. The book reads like a novel and not like a text book. As such, the book, and with it the various aspects of Goldratt's theory, are much easier to follow and understand. This is definitely a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Great story about process improvement

    This book was read as a class requirement for my statical process control class. The book is written as a novel so it's a very easy read. This is a great way to introduce yourself to Goldratt's Theory of Constraints without having to read a dry boring book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to break into the field of SPC ans SQC.

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    In this book, Goldratt is able to convey the importance of const

    In this book, Goldratt is able to convey the importance of constraints and bottlenecks through the trials of Alex Rogo. He is able to capture and maintain the reader’s attention by following his journey to save his job, his facility, as well as his marriage. This book was well-written and taught and emphasized important values from a management and engineering point of view. Although this book was entertaining for the most part, I was drifting in and out when reading the book. The elements that the reader had to grasp to truly understand what Alex Rogo was going through and trying to do were scattered throughout the book and difficult to keep track of. However, this may be due to how a facility manager’s life can be hectic and chaotic at times. Whether or not Goldratt’s goal was to scatter important points was a poor choice or a stroke of genius to throw the reader into the life of a facility manager. I would give this book a 4/5 based on the detail that the author portrays in his novel and how he is able to convey his ideals throughout the main character’s journey as well as his writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    The goal is a fantastic book! As a college student who's about t

    The goal is a fantastic book! As a college student who's about to graduate, I am glad I read it at the time I did. The book discusses the theory of constrains in such a way that is easy to understand yet detailed enough to make one think. The author explains it in such a way that even if one doesn't have formal training in the field of Industrial Engineering, one could understand it. Goldratt does an exceptional job in not only conveying fundamental principles of the industrial and manufacturing world, but also hooking the reader into a very realistic and probably quite common story of an American corporation. Goldratt introduces Alex Rogo, a seemingly distraught plant manager whose facility is on the verge of being shut down. It's up to Rogo to orchestrate a miracle comeback in productivity while juggling major personal life struggles. The mixture of a juicy story with easy-read but very insightful learning material makes this book hard to put down once it is started.

    -Mark

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    We have to read this book for Quality Control by Statistical Met

    We have to read this book for Quality Control by Statistical Methods class.
    First, I thought it was going to be another boring book but after I finished it, I think this book is very easy to read and very informative.
    I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in manufacturing or management but you don’t have to be working in manufacturing production or anything that involved management.
    “The Goal” is for anyone who can read. 

    The book talks about real-life situation that the main character Alex is facing.
    These situations could happen to anybody at anytime. The key to be success in today’s business is to stay competitive.
    The manufacturing plant has to satisfy customers’ wants and needs. In this book, Alex compares real-life situation with manufacturing plant.
    Time is one of the main factors in every problems (at home or work) Alex has limited time to turn his plant around.
    In this book you will learn about bottlenecks, efficiency, inventory, and etc.       -SomsanIME415

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    This is a remarkable novel written by a business management ┬┐gur

    This is a remarkable novel written by a business management ‘guru’ who developed an effective way of teaching his studies to audience by approaching the audience through easy to understand story. “The Goal” written by Eliyahu Goldratt manages to convey his studies on Theory of Constraints by making the readers to easily follow along. This book is about a plant manager named Al, who encounters several problems at the workplace. With the help of his ‘guru’ Jonah, Al manages to solve the problems and reach the goal. Several topics are revealed throughout the book and they are explained well with detailed examples. Readers will have a chance to see how manufacturing industries process and improve his or her management skills through this novel.

    Review written by y_CHOI

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    The Goal highlights the importance of 'flow'

    I love introduction 'If you are like nearly everyone else in this world, you have accepted so many things without question that you’re not thinking at all.' Nice little story portraying how a system is no faster than its slowest process, that any effort or resource applied to anything other than what adds to the 'goal' is waste and we all need to become good 'flow' managers. Healthcare could gain greatly from applying this.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    Goldratt does an exceptional job in not only conveying fundament

    Goldratt does an exceptional job in not only conveying fundamental principles of the industrial and manufacturing world, but also hooking the reader into a very realistic and probably quite common story of an American corporation. Goldratt introduces Alex Rogo, a seemingly distraught plant manager whose facility is on the verge of being shut down. It's up to Rogo to orchestrate a miracle comeback in productivity while juggling major personal life struggles. The mixture of a juicy story with easy-read but very insightful learning material makes this book hard to put down once it is started.
    From an industrial and manufacturing standpoint, Goldratt's book allows for progress to a higher level of understanding the workings and interactions within a production plant (or even service.) It introduces basic concepts of manufacturing while integrating more complex ideas, such as the Theory of Constraints. The book progresses in such a way that it is easy for the reader to follow along with the concepts. So what is "The Goal?" It's actually simpler than one might think. Read for yourself and discover the road to a successful business.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    A great read! The Goal presents the idea and effect of bottlenec

    A great read! The Goal presents the idea and effect of bottlenecks in a manufacturing process in a simple, understandable, and relatable manner that allows readers to easily follow along. Readers with a technical background in engineering and management will appreciate the book's focus on throughput, inventory, and operational expense as viable solutions to balancing the plant with the demand from the market. Essentially, the Goal walks readers through a manufacturing facility, pointing out problems such as late product delivery, large cycle times, idle machinery, unproductive workers, huge inventory, large work in process, etc… Possible solutions and their effects are presented which are great at answering what worked, what didn’t work, and why it didn’t work... which are common thoughts circling management's heads. When the Goal is finally adapted, the plant feels new and smooth while readers are left feeling refreshed, much like they were the ones running the plant in the first place!

    5 stars for a great way of explaining a concept and for teaching me many things including where to focus when faced with this situation!

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Learn how to reach "The Goal"

    "The Goal" written by Eliyahu Goldratt was a very interesting and intelligent book. This book has excellent topics that are directed towards engineers and engineers in management positions. The topics in this book seem easy and make you think why you didn't come up with them first. Or it could just be how the book is written and how the examples are written, to get the topic through to the audience. The main topic in the book is to learn how to reach their company's goal: to make money. On that journey to their goal the main character in the book, Al, meets a 'guru', Jonah, and learns ways to reach that goal through theory of constraints and bottlenecks. These topics are explained well and he gives good examples to understand them. I thought that this book was well written and easy to read. It was a book based on giving philosophies to the reader and to pass on the Goldratts knowledge. But, it was written like a novel instead of being like a textbook. I thought this was an effective way to get through to the audience. The story was a bit in depth but made you connect and want to read the book. I would definitely recommend this book to people in the engineering profession; and anyone that wants to learn how to improve their manufacturing process and management skills.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    A Unique Blend of Knowledge and Fiction

    The novel, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, written by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, manages to convey valuable knowledge regarding production processes while at the same time telling a fictional story. The unusual blend of applicable knowledge and a fictional story work surprisingly well together; not only was the novel an interesting read, but it also relayed the lessons about production processes in an interesting manner.

    The main character of the novel, Alex Rogo, is the plant manager of a local production warehouse. The orders that he is responsible for are often delivered later than promised. During this time setting, many domestic companies have decided to start ordering parts from foreign companies due to the fact that they can get better deals and quicker response times. Realizing that his entire warehouse is in danger of being shut down, Rogo knows that he must find a way produce items much faster.

    Throughout the novel, Rogo systematically re-evaluates what he (and many others in the production process industry) believes to be true, sometimes finding the answers in unlikely places. For example, during his son's hiking trip, he had to determine a method for keeping all of the Scouts traveling in a timely manner despite the fact that some of them move faster than others. He was then able to apply what he did on the hike to his job and was able to fix one problem at his facility.

    Overall, this is a fairly good book. I feel that the personal matters that Rogo goes through were not necessary for the novel, but I can understand why they were added. Despite my dislike of those scenes (and there were quite a few of them), I feel that the book was extremely valuable. Anyone that is interested in the production process should read this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2010

    An interesting educational book!

    This book was a requirement for students who were taking Quality control at Cal Poly Pomona. It's an interesting educational book especially for people who just graduated from college and want to start working in the real world at a manufacturing system. The author will use simple stories as examples, so that readers can easily comprehend the techniques and methods and also the concepts to utilize them in any industries.
    This book will teach some fundamental concepts that any engineer will need to understand to analyze the problems which might occur at any manufacturing plants. The point is that it teaches how to achieve high efficiency and how to make the manufacturing process more profitable.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going to have a career in manufacturing industries and wants to learn more from a person who has had hands-on experience and real-world stories to share.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    must read for business people

    a good business book. it gets fairly technical at times but he does an amazing job of explaining things simply & in plain english. and just when you think you can't handle anymore talk about bottlenecks and operations management, he reverts back to the personal storyline of the guy & his family. every business person should read this book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    The Goal! a continuous process improvement mentality

    "The goal" has a narrative technique to explain how to deal with constraints in a production plant emphasizing the bottlenecks. Goldratt describes not only how identify a bottleneck but also how to improve productivity in terms of making money in a system.
    In addition, this book describes some psychological aspects from the manager's point of view dealing with people, and life problems.

    Goldratt defines three important concepts which are "throughput", "inventory" and "operational expenses". Having understood these three concepts, Goldratt makes the reader apply common knowledge to solve problems using cause and effect logic incorporating these three concepts. For instance, what would happen to throughput and operational expenses if inventory decreases? So the interactions between those three concepts are essential. Moreover, it gives the idea of just in time by reducing the batch's size. Some of the effects of this idea are the reduction of inventory cost (WIP), lead time, queue time, and waiting time for part to assemble. Thus, reducing batch's size increases production flow rate.

    "The Goal" is a great book to read. It is essential to understand how important bottleneck affects the system's throughput. In addition, while reading the book, one can become mentally stimulated to come up with solutions.

    In the reading, it describes how managers have to have a positive attitude and team work mentality towards solving problems and improving processes. At the end of the chapter, it explains that the mentality for a successful company is that one has to understand that (in order to be competitive) it takes continuous process improvement and not to wait for a crisis to happen (for instance closing a manufacturing plant) to work as a team and solve problems.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Bookreview of The Goal written by Eli M. Goldratt

    As a third year Industrial Engineering student, efficiency in the workplace, bottlenecks of a system, and breakthrough to improve production methods were familiar topics. The work of Eliyahu M. Goldratt, entitled The Goal was pragmatic in its approach to addressing manufacturing problems.

    After providing the understanding of the need for change, the author raised the question of how to achieve a goal? Ofcourse, the answer to this question was within the pages of the book - right? Yes, however, the book was not about achieving quotas, providing numbers, or changing headcount. The book was about understanding the reasoning or forces behind the need for change. Understanding the relationship of the forces to define the constraints of a system at work and home provided the basis for the structure of the book.

    The main character of the novel was Al Rogo. Al faced the challenge of a new position that required him to bring his plant back on track. If he could not make profits for his plant, then the future of the plaint was doomed. Working late at work, neglecting time spent with his family and worrying about the fate of the plant; Al Rogo had to consider the sacrifices that challenged him with dire consequences.

    All in all, Goldratt provided an insightful lecture within his narration that was worthy of note taking because the novel expressed concepts of teamwork and effective communication to address problems in both business and personal life.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

    A great book to learn Theory of Constraints

    The goal is a novel book that explains on how to manage a production system. The main character of the book is Alex Rogo; a plant manager who struggle to save his plant and his marriage life. Alex has ninety days to save his plant. His plant is not producing money since it could not send orders on time. He does not know what to do, and decided to call Jonah, an old acquaintance, for help. Jonah then introduces the Theory of Constraints to him.
    The book introduces Theory of Constrain by asking three questions that are important for an ongoing process improvement:
    1.What to change?
    2.What to change to?
    3.How to cause the change?
    Jonah helps Alex to understand that the goal of a plant is not to increase efficiency, reduce wage, or other measurements that people normally thinks but it is simply to make money. Jonah introduces three measurements:
    .Throughput
    .Inventory
    .Operational Expense
    The book has unique definitions for the three measurements. It defines throughput as the rate at which the system generates money through sales, inventory as all the money that the system has invested in purchasing things which it intends to sell, and operational expense as all the money the system spends in order to turn inventory into throughput. Alex learns that in order to make money, he has to increase throughput while reducing inventory and operational expense.
    Jonah also teaches Alex how to deal with bottleneck, dependent event, and statistical fluctuation. The book has a nicely written example about these topics. Alex went hiking with his son and few other kids. He experiences problem with the pace of the line where one is walking faster than the other and creating gap between each person. He implements what Jonah taught him, and able to understand what dependent event and statistical fluctuation are.
    The book introduces five steps on how to deal with constraints:
    1. Identify the constraint
    2. Decide how to exploit the constraint
    3. Subordinate and synchronize everything else to the above decisions
    4. Elevate the performance of the constraint
    5. If, in any of the above steps the constraint has shifted, go back to Step 1
    This book is a well written management book that explains readers about production system and how to deal with the constraints. The book is very interesting and easy to understand. I would recommend this book to everyone who are involved or will involve in a production system.

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  • Posted March 7, 2009

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    Very good entry level book on Theory of Constraints

    The Goal is a business novel on the Theory of Constraints (TOC). I read it years ago when my focus was manufacturing systems. It is very well written and the idea of putting business theory into a novel was a unique idea.
    It walks the reader through an assumed literal case of looking at a manufacturing plant with problems and how the characters solved the bottleneck issues in the facility, improved throughput and saved the plant. There are numerous management and trouble shooting techniques in the book that can be applied to any business, even if the senior management team of the facility does not understand or believe in the Theory of Constraints.
    I would recommend reading this book prior to Critical Chain, Goldratt's excellent book on applying the Theory of Constraints to project management.
    The only detractor to the book is the somewhat corny story line and drama of the main characters. I am personally not into that and prefer the facts. But this is a very small negative point.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    Book's story format helps you retain knowledge

    I read this book in college over 10 years ago. I now work in the field of Information Technology and have nothing to do with manufacturing. Our IT department is trying to find ways to improve our business processes and prioritize those improvements. As we are beginning this process, I am starting to recall things I learned from reading this book and applying them to our present situation. I don't remember much else from that college course, but the story format of this book has helped me remember the principles that it teaches. It's applications reach far beyond manufacturing!

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