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The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

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Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
Genre: Production & Operations, Organizational Change, Business & Finance, Literature, Organizational Behavior, Production, Operation & Management
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Review of The Goal

  • Jun 26, 2010

My brother who is in graduate school for Industrial Engineering gave me The Goal a year ago and has been trying to get me to read it since then. However, I only started it a couple days ago. I am glad that I started reading it, I think it is a very good book. I was enthralled once I started, and I finished within 24 hours. The book is about 270 pages, and I probably spent five or six hours to read it.
Although the book is used as a textbook for Industrial Engineering, it is by no means a typical textbook; rather it is written as a story. The author states that he is trying to teach by asking the questions that will make the reader think. Anyone can read this, regardless of your Industrial Engineering knowledge. As the cover of the book says, “This book is about progress.”
The book follows the life of a factory manager, Alex, as he is forced to make radical changes to the way his factory operates. Alex also goes through family issues, which helps shift the focus from only what is happening at the factory.
When I was reading it, I felt that I was reading a good story rather than a textbook. Once again, I repeat that it does not read at all like a textbook, it is a story that is meant to teach you. In fact, this book was more entertaining than nearly every book I have read in school.
When things started going good for Alex two thirds of the way through the story, I actually felt happy for him, which showed me that I was engaged in the book. The book shows how simple, logical adjustments to a process can make it more efficient.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about improving a system while reading an entertaining story in the process.

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July 09, 2010
Wow, what a cool book this would have been to be assigned in school! It sounds great, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, Ernie!
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