A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers - and finds them through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.
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"This is valuable to two main audiences: project managers and senior managers...useful for dealing with one of the most difficult and pressing management challenges: developing highly innovated new products." (Harvard Business Review)
Engaging, enlightening and practical.
Milestones are not needed for teams.
Practical explinations and real world examples of "out-of-the-box" thinking.
Please do not worry about the comments relating to the different readers. It does not matter one bit or take anything away from the content. Cannot rate this book high enough.
"Business Fiction - A New Genre"
This book is horrific from a literary perspective - shallow, predictable characters with almost soap-opera like qualities. Please ignore the slow start where these unimpressive characters are introduced.
This book is brilliant because of the way it weaves a deeper meaning and education of project management into a plausible and interesting plotline, which makes up for the characters that carry it.
This book is not for the uninitiated. It's chocked full of jargon and concepts that people who have never studied project management would never understand. For those who have had a course or two on project management or even a weeklong seminar and for whom project management is a reality, the book has a clarity and focus that reaches beyond anything I've seen in any period of instruction on the topic. However, you must speak the project management language to follow the gist of the book.
As someone who has managed projects for years and studied project management, this book helped me achieve a new level of thinking and analysing business models, assumption, problems, workflows and more.
This book is truly brilliant. Did I start out by saying its bad literature? It is. And it's brilliant!
I purchased this book as someone who has never been in a Project Management role and wanted to learn more about the position. I was able to learn the basics through some of the use cases in the book and some interesting points I would have never thought about. However, overall I found myself losing interest as the book continued and felt like I wasn't learning anything new past the halfway point.
One byproduct that I did take from the audio though is a great way of teaching a class. I instruct classes and I really liked the teachers methods in delivering his material.
"Hated the changing voices"
I had high hopes that the multiple voice actors would mean a female would play the female parts and the two men would play the key characters from the book. I was disappointed. Some chapters were read by the female doing all parts and others were by one or the other men. There was one chapter where it sounded like the men changed mid-sentence. I loved the book and I can't wait to apply TOC to my projects but the recording really threw me for a loop.
"Classic TOC Novel"
May not be Shakespeare, but communicates the fundamental precepts of Critical Chain in an entertaining way. I recommend this for anyone interested in TOC.
"ok, but not entirely thought through."
skip to chapter 11, before then there isn't anything useful to the rest of the book.
"A link of manufacturing to projects"
As a manufacturing engineer, this is the most relevant book I've read to drive project completion. Easy to follow, entertaining, and educational. A link of the structured manufacturing flow to project flow that makes sense, and it's sustainable.
"Great way of explaining TOC"
It's been one of the best ways to understand the TOC applicable to PM. I'm only sorry of not reading it sooner.
"Hey John' female responds. Hey Judy' male responds"
Content wise, yes
The performance was terrible. Male reading female parts and visa versa through the first half of the book. Then it is corrected, but I don't think a female read at all. When there was what appears to be a female voice, I think it is read by a man.
"A great book for all!"
This is a great book for anybody. Whether you are planning for business or your personal life, this book gives great insight to why things go wrong in your plans and how to correct the way you plan to become successful!
"Lack of Different Voices & Hard to Understand"
Didn't like the lack of different voices. Male and female roles were by a male. Only one male voice throughout. The book is all over the place and hard to follow and understand. This issue only makes it even more of a challenge.
"Classic Business Novel"
If you don't know about the theory of constraints then you probably should. This book explains them in the context of project management.
"an entertaining presentation of a dry subject"
I haven't read the print version.
I have not.
one of the most appealing project management lessons
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