The Goal By Eliyahu M. A Brief

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I chose to read the book, “The Goal” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt. The book is about a plant manager, Alex Rogo, who is trying to save his plant from getting shut down by using the help of physicist, Jonah, and the Theory of Constraints. I can see the benefits of this book in different areas, not only in the ability to increase productivity in any company, but also using the ideas in all other areas of your life. I personally had a difficult time understanding this book. It took me reading it, then going back and re-reading part of it, to really understand how to apply the concepts. However, I do finally get it. The two key things that I enjoyed about the book are "dependent events" in relation to "statistical fluctuations and bottlenecks vs non-bottlenecks. When reading the chapter about "dependent events" in relation to "statistical fluctuations", Goldratt use the example of a Boy Scouts hiking trip, where the slowest boy was in the back, and one of the faster boys were in the front. One would think that this was a great idea and would help them get to their destination fast, but in reality it did the exact opposite. It made the process much slower, because the boy in the front set the pace for the rest of the group, but because the rest of the group had slower paces, they were unable to keep up with the demand, if you will, which resulted in a gap in the line. These gaps in the line caused the last person in the line, which happened to be Alex, to have to wait on the rest of

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