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The Goal

A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition
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Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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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Exhilarating and insightful - an inspiration

This book is a masterpiece. A work of art. If you have a business with any kind of assembly line it’s a must read. If not it’s a beautifully written story with tension and pace and excitement that will teach you things you didn’t know.

Such as how Toyota overtook theUS car industry in the 80s and how those ideas originated with Henry Ford, whose insights had been forgotten by several generations of managers and accountants who didn’t understand the goal.

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  • 30-05-19

How to increase your production throughput by optimising flow

Nice story introducing various concepts around bottlenecks and flow that can be used to increase throughput by multiples. Thought provoking and interesting, but maybe needs some in depth thinking in order to put it to use in a different environment.

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Manfacturing in all sectors

It doesn't matter your sector, the goal is all about improvement. This book brings to life a manufacturing plant and the analysis and changes to make that can be applied to any business. Want to make your business or the business you work for more successful, then understand your goal.

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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.

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Helpful story of lean

Easy listening to the story of lean management and how to implement the main concepts

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Great listen

The recording of this audiobook is nothing less than amazing. It was a massive pleasure to listen to it and im not sure how im gonna go back to normal audiobook recordings from this :)
The book itself is obviously also worth the listen. I came here after listening to the devops project but i would say that i actually enjoyed this one more.
Would recommend to everyone

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Fantastic read!

I found this in the Lululemon recommended reading library.

Loved every sentence.

Glad I never judged the book by its cover.

It has genuinely opened up a whole field of reading for me!

Enjoy it.

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amazing stuff

superb piece of art! if you are looking for improvements in your business in your life then go for it!

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Excellent way to learn

An entertaining story that teaches the Theory of Constraints. As the author desired, this is an excellent way to learn, and particularly to retain the information.

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good insights

loved that it was incredibly practical but think the written version would be more useful in the long run given the ideas and formulas shared which really need to be seen and worked through. worth reading, and listening, me thinks

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  • Wooden Nichols
  • 03-05-15

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.

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  • California Dreaming
  • 04-04-15

Great lessons packed inside of a well told story

I really enjoyed this book...and I'm not even in the manufacturing industry! I'm working on my own food business right now. I think there's a little something here for everyone who's looking to increase efficiency in a counter intuitive way.

Also, I really enjoyed the way the story was told and I appreciate all of the extra effort that went in this audio production.

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  • Dan Collins
  • 23-03-17

Reinventing Production for Us IT Dummies

I am an IT manager and I am getting into DevOps. This book came up more than once in my research so I gave it a try even though I am not in fabrication and production. At least, that's what I thought until I listened to this book.

What I love about this book is that the fictional narrative allows the protagonist to "blow-up" his manufacturing plant's way of doing business. Of course, he isn't trying to blow it up, he is just trying to make it perform. But Goldratt teaches us that some things, some processes we entered the profession with, some metrics that have served us well for years - need to be blown-up and more importantly, replaced with something useful. Listen to this book and find out not necessarily what the new metrics should be - but how to discover them for yourself.

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  • Amanda
  • 18-07-17

This book changed the way I think

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What a book. The idea of textbook flipped on its head and turned into a narrative. The ideas for the manufacturing plant I think are transferable to many other endeavors. When you ask the question - what is my goal here, and then go through the thought process outlined, amazing things happen. A great author, thinker and contributor to many businesses bottom line.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Great education on metrics to make decisions

This is a great book on how to look at things from a different direction and pay attention to value drivers you may not be watching. I wished I read it twenty years ago.

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  • E.
  • 24-07-17

Outstanding! One of the best I've ever listened to.

It was like watching a screenplay with different characters and plot lines, and the lessons are crystal clear. Recommended to anyone interested in understanding the science of Process in any business.

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  • Juan
  • 17-07-17

A business classic

A Must book for executives and business people who want to improve their business acumen.

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  • Gabe Graumann
  • 08-01-19

Decent concepts, but unnecessarily dramatized

Purchased following all of the positive reviews and the whole "30th anniversary" marketing. Ultimately it has a handful of good thoughts on systems and processes, and viewing things from a new perspective, especially related to American manufacturing concepts, but the dramatization of the narrative got old quickly and stretched what should otherwise have been a book of less than 5 chapters. Plenty of other resources out there will accomplish the same thing unless you really like cheesy business drama in the line of afternoon soap operas.

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  • Stuart
  • 06-01-19

Unlistenable<br />

Returning this immediately, multiple voice actors rarely work, and the combination of multiple voices and background music is cacophonous.

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  • sanjay bhatt
  • 07-05-16

the best book for an engineering company

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

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