Monthly Archives: October 2018

Goldratt’s Major Concepts in The Goal: The Foundations of Theory of Constraints

The major concepts that Goldratt places in Rogo’s hand to explain and solve problems are; Goals, Constraint, Dependence, Fluctuations, Metrics, Batch Size, Throughput Accounting, Priority and Local Optima (a trap to be avoided).   Continue reading

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Goldratt’s The Goal: Chapter by Chapter Review

Written in 1984, The Goal lays out Eliyahu Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (“ToC”) in the format of a novel.  ToC was first used into improve production plant manufacturing, but as Goldratt and his co-author Jeff Cox show in The Goal – … Continue reading

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The Goal: Based on Teamwork & Data

Goldratt takes several approaches to showing how Constraints impact a plant and even personal lives. Several approaches are used to educate the reader; Jonah serves as a mentor to Alex Rogo, educating him on what is going on. Rogo adopts … Continue reading

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The Goal – Chapter 40 – Culture and Constraints

Like Chapter 39, I find this final chapter unsatisfying. It must have been hard for Goldratt to bring the book to a close.  The character and plot arcs through the ‘fixing’ of Rogo’s plant are great – the chapters afterwards … Continue reading

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The Goal – Chapter 39 – Planning

The plant is having hiccups.  Rogo is no longer the plant manager and has to help at a higher level.  This chapter lacks the ‘aha’ moments that have driven the cadence of the book until now. It seems our author, … Continue reading

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The Goal – Chapter 38 – Marginal Profits and Change

Rogo hits on two fundamental truths while working with marketing to achieve his growth goals; 1/ marginal profitability should guide plant economics, and 2/ change is often driven by those outside of a system.  These are major lessons in two … Continue reading

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The Goal – Chapter 37 – Constraint Rules

We pick up the team where we closed out Chapter 36.  A set of Steps has been laid out on how to handle new situations. Highlights 1. IDENTIFY the system’s constraint( s). 2. Decide how to EXPLOIT the system’s constraint( … Continue reading

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