The Goal: a Process of Ongoing Improvement

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Jennifer Purifoy April 30, 2001 Page 1 of 3 Executive Summary for The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt The heart of this story is based around the life of Alex Rogo, Plant Manager for Uniware a division of Unico. After a very upset customer approaches Alex's boss, Bill Peach, he is given an ultimatum to turn the plant around in three months. Due to the limited amount of time available, there are not many outside tools available such as consultants, surveys, etc. With very few hopes, Alex foresees the inevitable until he remembers his conversation with Jonah, a physicist Alex knew from a previous job. The Goal: It is not until Alex's job is in jeopardy that he decides to devour into his…show more content…
• Continue use of the older machines that the NCX-10 was supposed to replace. • Do not produce parts for inventory — produce only what is in demand (via an order from a customer). • Produce smaller batches to increase productivity for the whole process. Heat Treatment: • Perform quality control testing before going into the bottleneck. • Hire outside vendors to assist in heat treat. • Produce smaller batches to increase productivity for the whole process. • Combine batches that require the same temperature. With all of these changes however, one thing remains constant: an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour lost at the whole system. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep the bottleneck moving at all times. Based on these few simple steps they significantly increased production by 12% during the first two months and 20% in the third month. Based on these increases, Alex saves the plant and his promoted to Bill Peach's position. Jennifer Purifoy April 30, 2001 Page 3 of 3 Marriage and Beyond: Besides the ongoing theme of saving the plant, there is an underlying story about Alex's personal life. In the beginning Alex's wife, Julie, and him are constantly arguing about Alex working late in attempts of saving the plant which flows over into not spending any time with his family. Within the first 100 pages of the book, his wife leaves him, after being exhausted of all attempts to save their marriage.
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