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5 Steps to Continuous Improvement by Allen Pratt

In my review of the book

5 Steps to Continuous Improvement by Allen Pratt

posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 2 Stars.

Here is my review.

This should be free

Many business consultants and coaches offer a free report to sample their advice.

This book about the Theory of Constraints Five Steps Process is that kind of report. It is only 11 pages long and the author shares some of his experiences tackling constraints but instead of giving it to you for free, the author is asking you to pay for it unless you have Kindle Unlimited.

I can’t argue much with what’s here but I’m struggling to see the benefits of reading it. If you’ve already read The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement then you won’t learn much other than about the author. If you haven’t read “The Goal” and you want to know about the Theory of Constraints, then there’s no better place to start.

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Reaching The Goal by John Arthur Ricketts

The full title of this book by John Arthur Ricketts is

Reaching The Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it 3 Stars.

Here is my review.

A complicated book suitable for very big companies

To understand my review, you will need to understand my interest. I work with business owners to help them get unstuck and one of the methodologies I use is the Theory of Constraints. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Yann Ginon is

Continuous Improvement to Company Financial Performance The Human Factor: Understand and deploy Value Stream Mapping, Theory of Constraint and Lean6Sigma to transform your company into a cash machine

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book One Star.

Here is my review.

The author should start again

About 25 years ago I read The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt and thought the way novel business ideas were woven into a compelling story was brilliant.

Since then, I’ve read a few more of these business novels but none have matched the lasting impression of “The Goal” but never before have I seen the concept reduced to gibberish. [continue reading…]

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The full title of this book by Uwe Techt is

Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints: The Quantum Leap in Management“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave this book a FIVE Stars rating. This means I think it is excellent.

Here is my book review.

A very helpful summary

Goldratt’s business novels like “The Goal“, “It’s Not Luck“, “Critical Chain” etc are an excellent way to get a general appreciation of the Theory Of Constraints. Their weakness comes apparent when you want to go back and remind yourself of the critical concepts because they are too buried into the story.

The author, Uwe Techt has written an excellent summary of the fundamental ideas within the Theory Of Constraints which serves as both a refresher and a reference for when you’re trying to implement the concepts. As an initial introduction, I still recommend starting with “The Goal“. [continue reading…]

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Where Is The Constraint? by Henry Harel

The full title of this book by Henry Harel is

Where Is The Constraint? A Theory of Constraints DIY Toolkit Book 1“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I think it is good.

Here is my book review.

A different perspective on finding the constraint

In this short book, the author shares his experience as a TOC practitioner helping businesses around the world.

It doesn’t attempt to summarise the logical construction of the Theory of Constraints in the way that a book like Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints.: The Quantum Leap in Management does. [continue reading…]

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Absolute Certainty by John Haylock

The full title of this book by John Haylock is

Absolute Certainty: How to give your clients exactly what they want“.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means I think it is good.

Here is my book review.

Ideas for improving service businesses contained within a novel

This is a book about improving service businesses with the ideas dressed up in a novel.

The main character in the story is an accounting partner from a local three partner firm. It’s doing OK but everybody is very busy. He meets with a client who has a design business that has made some fundamental changes in the way it works after getting feedback from customers that they were not happy but the firm was getting the work because the other designers were just as bad. [continue reading…]

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TOC Thinking by Yishai Ashlag

The full title of this book by Yishai Ashlag is

TOC Thinking: Removing Constraints for Business Growth

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book Three Stars. This means Worthwhile.

Here is my review.

A nice introduction to TOC but anyone with much knowledge of TOC won’t get much out of it

The author makes it clear that he’s trying to explain the underlying thinking behind the Theory of Constraints and Eliyahu Goldratt’s books rather than trying to summarise the concepts.

It’s well written and easy to read. It also contains what I suspect will be a few aha moments for people who haven’t read the main books. [continue reading…]

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Theory of Constraints Handbook – 5 Stars

Theory of Constraints Handbook

I gave this very large, very intensive look at the Theory of Constraints a rating of Five Stars in my review on Amazon.co.uk.

Here is my book review.

The Serious Guide To The Theory Of Constraints

If you’ve read “The Goal” and a few other books about the Theory Of Constraints and you want to implement it yourself or through a specialist consultancy, this is the most definitive guide I’ve seen.

It is massive with 38 chapters which end on page 1135 before the Bibliography and Index… and that’s with a smaller print font than I’d ideally like.

Its size is both a strength and a weakness. I’ve had it for five years and I use it to dip in and out of as a reference rather than as a book to read from start to finish. Its bulk is intimidating and it’s heavy to hold. [continue reading…]

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Critical Chain by Eliyahu Goldratt

The full title of this important book on project management by Eli Goldratt is

Critical Chain: A Business Novel“.

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a rating of Four Stars. This means that it is Good and Well Worth Reading.

Here is my book review.

Interesting ideas about project management in this management novel.

I was reading Critical Chain when I heard the news that the author, Dr Eliyahu Goldratt died.

The Theory of Constraints guru focuses his attention on project management in this book after looking at constraints in the production process in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement and in the marketing strategy in It’s Not Luck. [continue reading…]

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It’s Not Luck by Eliyahu Goldratt

In my review of

It’s Not Luck

by Eliyahu Goldratt posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave it Three Stars. This is Worthwhile.

Here is my review.

A story using the Theory of Constraints in the market where lack of demand is the constraint

I read It’s Not Luck when it was first published in 1994 and have read it several times since but I still think it’s a disappointing book.

I loved The Goal by Eli Goldratt. It is an insightful business book which revealed simple and powerful ideas through a fast paced and engaging story. It brought the Theory of Constraints to the world and challenged some of the new ideas coming out to right the ills of 1980s/1990s accounting. It’s Not Luck is a pale shadow of it’s famous predecessor. [continue reading…]

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