Goldratt’s The Goal – Just the Plot; The First 10 Chapters in One Minute

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The first ten chapters of The Goal, follow four days in the life of Alex Rogo, who runs a manufacturing plant for UniCo somewhere in a small town in the US.  

Alex’s wife Julie is upset with him because he’s always focused on work and rarely at home.

Alex is focused on work because his plant is underperforming, and his boss, Bill Peach, has told him it will get shut down in 90 days if he doesn’t show improvements.

Alex reconnects with his mentor, Jonah, now an operations science professor in a flashback set 2 weeks earlier in Chicago O’hare.

Jonah has two main points for Alex:

  1. His team must have a goal – Alex determines that the correct goal is to make money.
  2. Jonah also tells Alex that work that doesn’t lead to the goal is a waste of time.

Alex spends a lot of time with his team talking through principles which will later be shown to be part of the Author – Eli Goldratt’s – Theory of Constraints, which the team uses to improve their performance.  

The first action they take is realizing that a robot they have doesn’t actually improve performance. 

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Goldratt’s The Goal – Chapter by Chapter Video Summaries Covering The Theory of Constraints

Here’s the matching video content to the written page-by-page review of Goldratt’s the Goal. Learn the Theory of Constraints and you’ll find it makes the world a little bit better every day. If you want a quicker faster summary of Goldratt’s The Goal, check out the 6o second Google Shorts summaries (link).

Visit the entire 40 chapter series (5 minutes each) at the YouTube playlist.

Chapter 1 (Written Summary) (60 second summary)

Chapter 2 (Written Summary) (60 second summary)

Chapter 3 (Written Summary)

Chapter 4 (Written Summary)

“Alex, I have come to the conclusion that productivity is the act of bringing a company closer to its goal. Every action that brings a company closer to its goal is productive. Every action that does not bring a company closer to its goal is not productive.” Jonah, pg 32

Chapter 5 (Written Summary)

“They’re out there renting warehouses to store all the crap they’re buying so cost-effectively.” 

“Our tribe is dying and we’re dancing in our ceremonial smoke to exorcise the devil that’s ailing us.”

Chapter 6 (Written Summary)

  1. “How can I possibly control what goes on?”
  2. “Producing products is just a means to achieve the goal.”
  3. “The first thing I’m trying to do is get a clear picture of what we have to do to stay in business,” I say.

Chapter 7 (Written Summary)

P053 – “Why should I be different?”  The narrator talks about committing to his current job.  Without commitment, it is hard to do the daily work needed to make real change.

P054 – “More of the same is not going to do any good.”  If everything else has failed, changing tactics provides a shot at success.

Chapter 8 (Written Summary)

“And the measurements I use inside the plant . . . well, I’m not absolutely sure, but I don’t think they’re really telling the whole story…”

Chapter 9 – “What’s the deal with the robot?” (Written Summary)

“I need to know if the robots had any impact on our sales.”

Chapter 10 – “Does the robot make money?” (Written Summary)

“You’re still accounting for it. It’s just that his way is simpler, and you don’t have to play as many games.”

Every time Goldratt writes ‘games’ – readers of The Lean Startup should see ‘vanity metrics’.

“…But if the knowledge pertains to a product which UniCo itself will build, it’s like a machine—an investment to make money which will depreciate in value as time goes on. And, again, the investment that can be sold is inventory; the depreciation is operational expense.”

Chapter 11 (Written Summary)

“The big deal occurs when dependent events are in combination with another phenomenon called ‘statistical fluctuations,’ ” he says.

Chapter 12 (Written Summary)

Chapter 13 (Written Summary)

Chapter 14 (Written Summary)

Chapter 15 (Written Summary)

Chapter 16 (Written Summary)

Chapter 17 (Written Summary)

Chapter 18 (Written Summary)

Chapter 19 (Written Summary)

Chapter 20 (Written Summary)

“Why don’t we go ahead with the easier things right away and see what kind of effect they have while we’re developing the others.” Donovan to Rogo, pg 163.

Chapter 21 (Written Summary)

Chapter 22 (Written Summary)

Chapter 23 (Written Summary)

Chapter 24 (Written Summary)

Chapter 25 (Written Summary)

Chapter 26 (Written Summary)

“And I’m not about to stand by and let that happen just to maintain a standard that obviously has more impact on middle management politics than it does on the bottom line. I say we go ahead with this. And if efficiencies drop, let them.” Rogo to Nakamura pg 219

Chapter 27 (Written Summary)

Chapter 28 (Written Summary)

Chapter 29 (Written Summary)

Chapter 30 (Written Summary)

Chapter 31 (Written Summary)

Chapter 32 (Written Summary)

Chapter 33 (Written Summary)

Chapter 34 (Written Summary)

Chapter 35 (Written Summary)

Chapter 36 (Written Summary)

Chapter 37 (Written Summary)

Chapter 38 (Written Summary)

Chapter 39 (Written Summary)

Chapter 40 (Written Summary)

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 40 – The End

The fastest way to read The Goal, and the absolute fastest way to learn The Theory of Constraints.

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Christenssen’s great paper that describes the outputs of an organization as a function of its assets (people, equipment), systems and priorities. Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints addresses them all.

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 39 – Planning

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 38 – $10,000,000

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 37 – 5 Rules of Constraints

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 36

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STEP 1. Identify the system’s bottlenecks. [Constraints!]

STEP 2. Decide how to exploit the bottlenecks. (That was fun. Realizing that those machines should not take a lunch break, etc.)

STEP 3. Subordinate everything else to the above decision. (Making sure that everything marches to the tune of the constraints. The red and green tags.)

STEP 4. Elevate the system’s bottlenecks. (Bringing back the old Zmegma, switching back to old, less “effective” routings. . . .)

STEP 5. If, in a previous step, a bottleneck has been broken go back to step 1.

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 35 – Mendeleev and Socrates

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 34 – Planning to Win

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Goldratt’s The Goal, Video Summary: Chapter 33 – Recruiting a Team

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