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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.

My problem is that I don’t feel that I got much out of it and for £9.49 it feels expensive for what’s included.

I was also expecting more focus on the TOC thinking processes. I don’t think that’s unreasonable for a book called “TOC Thinking“. The evaporating cloud is explained as a way to highlight two conflicting issues but I’d have liked to have seen more examples. I don’t remember any reference to the Current Reality Tree as a tool to help you understand the current problem/constraint hiding behind the symptom problems or the Future Reality Tree to help you to plan required changes.

I returned it because I expected to get more from it but I can see that it’s a nice introduction to TOC for people who resist reading The Goal / It’s Not Luck etc because the learning points are embedded in a story.

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