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The Goal

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt is a business novel that tells the story of Alex Rogo, the plant manager of a struggling manufacturing company. The book is a fictionalized account of the application of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a management philosophy that focuses on identifying and eliminating bottlenecks in a system.

My opinion: a very inspiring novel about a manager that wants to save its factory and how it turns it around in a few months. Very clever novel to introduce the concept behind the lean in a concrete and comprehesive way!

  • Summary:

    • The book argues that the key to improving a company's performance is to focus on the constraint, which is the factor that limits the company's ability to achieve its goals.

    • Once the constraint is identified, the company can focus its efforts on improving that constraint.

    • By following this approach, the company can achieve its goals and improve its performance.

  • Key takeaways:

    • The goal of any system is to achieve its goals.

    • The constraint is the factor that limits the system from achieving its goals.

    • The only way to improve a system is to improve the constraint.


  • The Goal is a must-read for any business leader who wants to understand the Theory of Constraints.

  • The book is well-written and easy to understand.

  • The Goal is a valuable resource for businesses of all sizes.

Here are some additional tips from the book:

  • Focus on the goal, not the symptoms.

  • Identify the constraint.

  • Exploit the constraint.

  • Subordinate everything else to the above.

  • Elevate the constraint.

  • Repeat.

By following these tips, businesses can improve their performance and achieve their goals.


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