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The Goal Audiobook

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models, including a game with matchsticks and bowls, are easy to understand. Although some characters are as anonymous as the goods manufactured in the factory, others ring true. In addition, the tender story of Alex and his wife's separation and reconciliation makes a touching contrast to the rest of the book. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the state of the American economy.

©1984 Original material © 1984, Revised 1986, 1992, 2004, 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd. "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" © 2008 Eliyahu M. Goldratt. (P)2014 (p) 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd.

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    TAMBE Sweden 24/11/2015
    TAMBE Sweden 24/11/2015

    Heavily addicted to the world Of books, exploring new styles that bring the author's fertile imagination from thoughts to print.

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    "Gripping fantastic book masterfully narrated."

    Great novel from am outstanding mentor. I didn't even realise I was giving it a third listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Scott 17/02/2017
    Tom Scott 17/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "mesmerizing!"

    even though it's a business book I was absolutely addicted. all the characters were great and I genuinely cared for their plight. I feel like I've learnt some very practical techniques in a way that means they won't get buried at the bottom of a notebook as so often happens.

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    Deborah Smitten 22/12/2016
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    "A really informative and eye opening read."

    This was an informative introduction to the Theory of constraints. Given in this format it is easy to understand for anyone who has no prior knowledge of engineering or manufacturing and not a bad novel either.

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    Jennifers Daddy 08/08/2016 Member Since 2016

    Reviewing stuff i've bought

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    "Old but still relevant"
    Would you listen to The Goal again? Why?

    No. I got the gist and have other books to listen to. An abridged version of a couple of hours would be handy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a software developer I can add new features to our product day in day out, but if other teams delay something such as rollout then my work is futile. This is what The Goal is about. Basically streamlining the whole process and getting everyone to pull together as a team. Identifying bottlenecks and removing them. Ultimately I need my software to go out the door to make money, if another team is holding that up then we need to find out why pronto.


    What about uncredited’s performance did you like?

    All performances were good, although the main geezer was a bit dumb dealing with his wife sometime.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Smash your product out the door quicker with The Goal


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krishna 29/05/2015
    Krishna 29/05/2015
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  • Kollar, Laszlo
    Budapest, HUN Hungary
    12/06/16
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    "Digging for the roots of the Phoenix Project"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goal to be better than the print version?

    as a daily commuter audiobooks are more convenient for me than print or an e-book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goal?

    I picked this book since it was mentioned in another book called the Phoenix Project. I was looking for ammunition in a discussion about the analogy between running a manufacturing plant and running an IT shop. IT people look down on manufacturing and they are wrong. There is a lot to learn from the Theory of Constraints, the LEAN method and JIT.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Herbie, the boy scout, being the bottleneck.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wooden Nichols
    03/05/15
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    "The Goal - still relevant today"

    I read this book 20 years ago, and while the story has a lot of remnants from the 1980s that don't translate well to todays modern world, the concepts demonstrated through fixing the broken factory are still true today as they were then. It should be required reading or listening to anyone who works in a leadership position in their careers regardless of the field they work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M. Allison
    Anaheim, CA USA
    15/04/16
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    "Couldn't handle the narration"

    I just finished listening to The Phoenix Project and decided to catch up on related works.

    About 1 chapter in to The Goal, I had to stop. I just couldn't handle the narration.

    I haven't listened to a lot of audio books so I can't say that it's bad; it's just not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Norman
    01/01/17
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    "old but useful concepts for ops"

    it has good voice acting that keeps the storyline interesting. At some moments the theory get heavy during the actors conversation. But all in all a good audiobook. I listen to it after reading the Phoenix project since it was based on it. I now see where the some of the devops concepts come from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jeremy blodgett
    Annandale, Virginia United States
    26/09/16
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    "My brain swelled a little."

    Great audiobook! Thought provoking and instructional. I really enjoyed it! I would recommend this to just about any professional in any industry. it is set in some generic manufacturing context, but the examination of challenges was so thorough, I found myself listing off the many ways this applied to both my tech sector and role very easily.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RICHARD
    NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA, United States
    25/08/16
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    "Old but still relevant"

    The tenants Eli espouses have led to incredible progress since 1984. Many very sophisticated ERP/MRP systems now assist in all the improvement ideas he mentions. This is a great book for a fundamental understanding of the early stages of the continuous improvement process

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sanjay bhatt
    07/05/16
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    "the best book for an engineering company"

    make your company profitable and also enjoy your Family Life after reading this book. enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walaa
    Bahrain
    02/05/16
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    "well. .best audio story by far"

    subject is well known as u know what is different is perfect presentation for it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flint357
    11/08/15
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    "Great story of implementing lean"

    Great read! if you liked the Phoenix project by Gene Kim you will like this book as well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bookmaven
    28/05/15
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    "Absolutely unbelievable"

    The last hour and a half got rather dense, but this is a phenomenal teaching strategy. Thank you cox & Goldratt!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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