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Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu Goldratt

The full title of this book by Eliyahu Goldratt is

What is this thing called Theory of Constraints

In my review posted on Amazon.co.uk, I gave the book a 4 Stars rating. This means it is Good to Very Good.

Here is my book review.

An important stage in the development of TOC as it focuses on the thinking processes

The TOC Thinking Processes were introduced to me in the business novel “It’s Not Luck” as it looked at dealing with market constraints.

I found the book interesting but hard going. I couldn’t see enough guidance on how to use currently reality trees, evaporating clouds etc myself.

I should have read this book first. It’s fascinating to read Eli Goldratt’s thoughts as he develops what have become known as the logical thinking processes.

Unfortunately back then the Internet and Amazon didn’t exist. The books you could read were those in the business section of the local large book shop.

The book does seem to turn into a promotion for various Goldratt courses. You could well be left wanting to be able to think like Jonah and use the Socratic method to help others. Or to get buy-in to use TOC across your entire management team for the excellent reason that eventually any departments left behind will harbour the constraints that stop you increasing throughput.

I thought the best chapter was the last one when Goldratt looked across TOC, JIT (now called lean) and TQM (now six sigma) to explain the new linked management philosophy. This is the jump from the cost world to the throughput world. And to succeed in the throughput world, you must see your business as a system of interdependent elements.

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