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.
Anyone in business. I read it 30 years ago, and I have listened to it twice just now and it is still as relevant to anyone in business today. While it is set around a manufacturing plant, don't be fooled into thinking that it is just about manufacturing -- it is really about thinking, and how to think through improvements in any environment.
The scout troup hike, which explained the "drum, rope, buffer" concept without actually saying "drum, rope, buffer".
Sometimes. The parallel story of Alex's family life was a nice emotional touch the first time reading, but it detracts on the next few readings, if you are like me and want to go back over the concepts and study the book in more detail.
A must read for business people.
I really enjoyed this book, story was great, it has sound of machinery when walking through a factory, birds chirping when hiking a trail, to rock music while driving home after a promotion. It has different voices of all the character's too, by far the best audio experience compared to other audio story books.
You get to see how a manufacting plant is run from the managers perspective, seeing the effects of new improvements. As a small business owner myself i have noticed areas that can be improved, based from the methods taught in this book.
"Digging for the roots of the Phoenix Project"
as a daily commuter audiobooks are more convenient for me than print or an e-book.
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.
Herbie, the boy scout, being the bottleneck.
"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.
"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.
"Sneaky good business book"
So, I hate audiobooks that use different voices for the characters, and most especially sound effects - BUT, I was able to swallow that for the first five minutes and get into it. Now, once you realize who/what the author is - you realize the book was written from his utopian view of how a manufacturing business could save itself - but, it's not completely unrealistic, just lacks any kind of real world influencers that could thwart his theories on how implementing lean production would fit into the mold of organizations.
But, it's a good story, you cheer for the protagonist and there is some very useful business ideas and concepts.
The last hour is kind of silly - it's a 45 minute interview with the author where he rambles on about flow theory.
"the best book for an engineering company"
make your company profitable and also enjoy your Family Life after reading this book. enjoy
"well. .best audio story by far"
subject is well known as u know what is different is perfect presentation for it
"I wish all audiobooks were as good as The Goal"
Best book I've ever heard/read and a narrator for each character is a brilliant idea. The best character in the novel was Juna!
"Learning Through Storytelling"
Multiple characters make the audio version engrossing (most of the time). This book was assigned reading for a business course. Delivering concepts through storytelling is a brilliant approach to learning.
Jonah, because, DUH!
Nope. Are any?
Good for people in charge of or have influence on processes of any kind (i.e., anyone).
"A pioneering book."
Deep Respect for the Genius .Mr Eliyahu Goldratt. Must Read for anyone in the Manufacturing Industry. Totally Indispensable.
"A good read"
This story is engaging and I love the progression of character. I recommend this to anyone in a rut and can't find a solution. This book can help you! I do think it was a little harder to keep focus maybe 10/11th through, but of course, still well worth the time and focus.
"Gripping fantastic book masterfully narrated."
Great novel from am outstanding mentor. I didn't even realise I was giving it a third listening to.
"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.
"Old but still relevant"
No. I got the gist and have other books to listen to. An abridged version of a couple of hours would be handy.
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.
All performances were good, although the main geezer was a bit dumb dealing with his wife sometime.
Smash your product out the door quicker with The Goal
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