Purchasing CliffsNotes for highschool texts was a rush only outpaced by finding English copies of difficult to understand Spanish literature. Why isn’t there one for Goldratt’s classic, The Goal?
Here are my guesses:
- The legacy Goldratt institutions have defended the IP well – both as consultants and publishers.
- Those Goldratt institutions are among many who have published summaries of the plot and of the major concepts.
- There are tons of summaries online (over 100,000 words in just a few reviews) – including my own chapter-by-chapter review.
- It is a short book – any summary would lose the nuance and educational power that can be gained by sitting down and reading the original text.
- It’s an important book – the people who sit down to read it aren’t looking for shortcuts. They want to know the subject matter.
The Goal is a great book – everyone should read it. Everyone should understand the Theory of Constraints.