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1 Humility is apparently not The Goal

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Just finished reading Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. I liked it fairly well, found it actually pretty inspiring about 2/3 of the way through, but he lost me at the end when he seemed to imply that his Theory of Constraints could solve every problem known to business, education or human endeavor. Its the be-all-end-all syndrome that is so prevalent with consultants and trainers, because the success of consultancy is dependent on being The One with the answers.

The thing is, its ok to have a fairly good and somewhat original idea, that is sometimes helpful. That’s better than average and its a good thing. Nothing in this book is earth-shaking, but it does show some effective sounding approaches for optimizing messy, dependent chains of operations. It has enough concrete details that it convinces me that the author knows at least something about manufacturing. And the idea of searching for bottlenecks, constraints and maximum leverage is a good one to keep in mind. Its an easy read and worth an afternoon, just skip over the puffery stuff at the end.

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  1. Golda says:

    So in checking out how useful The Goal was found to be by readers, seems it is pretty highly ranked, and is even used in a number of MBA programs.

    Most interestingly, apparently Goldratt originally worked for a company that made a software package to eliminate bottlenecks in manufacturing plants, but they had trouble getting people to implement the software correctly. So he wrote the book The Goal to get the ideas across – and it turned out, people could just buy the book and not the software! So the company he worked for fired him, and he started a consulting business instead.

    Now 12 years later, the software (OPT) seems to have only historical references, but the book is still widely available.

    So transmitting ideas into people’s heads, perhaps has more lasting value than any particular technology to implement the ideas.

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