The Goal

A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt,Jeff Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351982117

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 374

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Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try and improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant - or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from student days - Jonah - to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. Described by Fortune as a 'guru to industry' and by Businessweek as a 'genius', Eliyahu M. Goldratt was an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management concepts and systems. This 20th anniversary edition includes a series of detailed case study interviews by David Whitford, Editor at Large, Fortune Small Business, which explore how organizations around the world have been transformed by Eli Goldratt's ideas. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC) developed by Eli Goldratt. Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal is the gripping novel which is transforming management thinking throughout the Western world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry - even to your bosses - but not to your competitors!
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Critical Chain

A Business Novel

Author: Eliyahu M Goldratt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351218964

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 260

View: 8385

This fast-paced business novel does for project management what The Goal and It's Not Luck have done for production and marketing. Goldratt?s novels have traditionally slain sacred cows and delivered new ways of looking at processes which seem like common sense once you read them. Critical Chain is no exception. In perhaps Eli?s most readable book yet, two of the established principles of project management, the engineering estimate and project milestones, are found wanting and dismissed, and other established principles are up for scrutiny - as Goldratt once more applies his Theory of Constraints. The approach is radical, yet clear, understandable and logical. New techniques are introduced, and Project Buffers, Feeding Buffers, Limit Multitasking, Improved Communications and Correct Measurements make them work. Goldratt even handles the complicated statistics of dispersed variability versus accumulated variability so deftly you won?t even be aware of learning about them - they?ll just seem like more common sense! Critical Chain is critical reading for anyone who deals with projects. If you use block diagrams, drawings or charts to keep track of your activities, you are managing a project - and this book is for you.
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Reaching The Goal

How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (Adobe Reader)

Author: John Arthur Ricketts

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0132797429

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 6144

“There is no doubt that this is a truly original and groundbreaking work in applying the Theory of Constraints. I run a services company and learned some things about the services business. Anyone involved in large services companies needs to look at what John is proposing. I will definitely quote this material frequently.” Chad Smith, Managing Partner, Constraints Management Group “The information presented in this book is badly needed by service providers who struggle to balance supply and demand with their resources.” Carol A. Ptak, CFPIM, CIRM “The techniques that John brings to light in this book are the bridge from the vision of Dr. Goldratt’s work to the successful implementation in a range of services firms.” From the Foreword by Erik Bush, Vice President, IBM Global Services Discover the powerful Theory of Constraints (TOC), and use it to drive continuous performance improvement in any services organization Identify the hidden constraints that are limiting your organization, and manage or eliminate them Use TOC to improve the way you manage resources, projects, processes, finance, marketing, and sales Determine whether your organization faces an internal or external constraint, manage that constraint accordingly, and anticipate where the next constraint will arise Release latent capacity shrouded by common business practices Simplify processes that have grown unmanageably complex Optimize your enterprise as a whole rather than suboptimizing individual business units Get buy-in to fundamental changes in strategy, tactics, and operations Managing services is extremely challenging, and traditional “industrial” management techniques are no longer adequate. In Reaching the Goal, Dr. John Arthur Ricketts presents a breakthrough management approach that embraces what makes services different: their diversity, complexity, and unique distribution methods. Ricketts draws on Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC), one of this generation’s most successful management methodologies...thoroughly adapting it to the needs of today’s professional, scientific, and technical services businesses. He reveals how to identify the surprising constraints that limit your organization’s performance, execute more effectively within those constraints, and then loosen or even eliminate them. This book’s relentlessly practical techniques reflect several years of advanced IBM research and consulting with enterprise clients. Step-by-step, Ricketts shows how to apply them throughout your most crucial business functions...from project management to finance, process improvement to sales and marketing. Whatever your role in improving service delivery, processes, or profitability, this book gives you the tools to reach your goals...and go beyond them Identify, manage, and overcome your key constraints Five steps to uncovering and addressing the real obstacles to improved performance Optimize core business functions, one step at a time Improve the way you manage resources, projects, processes, finance, and marketing Implement TOC rapidly and effectively Get buy-in, deploy infrastructure, and provide the right IT support?
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It's Not Luck

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351219006

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2098

There has been a shift of policy at board level. Cash is needed and Alex Rogo’s companies are to be put on the block. Alex faces a cruel dilemma. If he successfully completes the turnaround of his companies they can be sold for the maximum return: if he fails they will be closed down. Either way Alex and his team will be out of work. It looks like lose-lose, both for Alex and for his team. And as if he doesn’t have enough to deal with, his two children have become teenagers. As Alex grapples with problems at work and at home, we begin to understand the full scope of Eli Goldratt’s powerful techniques. It’s Not Luck reveals more of the Thinking Process-techniques that consistently produce win-win solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
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The Phoenix Project

A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Author: Gene Kim,Kevin Behr,Kim Spafford

Publisher: IT Revolution

ISBN: 0988262584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 348

View: 3863

Bill is an IT manager at Parts Unlimited. It's Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office, Bill gets a call from the CEO. The company's new IT initiative, code named Phoenix Project, is critical to the future of Parts Unlimited, but the project is massively over budget and very late. The CEO wants Bill to report directly to him and fix the mess in ninety days or else Bill's entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of The Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined. With the clock ticking, Bill must organize work flow, streamline interdepartmental communications, and effectively serve the other business functions at Parts Unlimited. In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they'll never view IT the same way again.
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Summary of The Goal

By Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox | Includes Analysis

Author: Instaread Summaries

Publisher: Idreambooks

ISBN: 9781945272165

Category:

Page: 30

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Inside this Instaread of The Goal:* Overview of the book* Important People* Key Takeaways* Analysis of Key Takeaways
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The Goal

A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

Author: Instaread

Publisher: Instaread Summaries

ISBN: 1944195246

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 32

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The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review Preview: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt and Jeff Cox describes a process by which an unprofitable manufacturing operation can be made profitable. It conveys proven factory turnaround principles through a fictional story… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of The Goal:Overview of the bookImportant PeopleKey TakeawaysAnalysis of Key Takeaways
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Goldratt's Theory of Constraints

A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement

Author: H. William Dettmer

Publisher: ASQ Quality Press

ISBN: 9780873893701

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 378

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H. William Dettmer goes beyond the theory of constraints introduced by Eliyahu M. Goldratt in his best-selling books The Goal and It's Not Luck by describing the action steps that follow the theory. Loaded with application examples, these unique problem-solving tools will teach you how to analyze and arrive at a variety of solutions. Much of the content focuses on the author's understanding and interpretation of Goldratt's logical thinking processes. it clarifies the five focusing steps and teaches the mechanics of all the thinking tools.
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The Choice

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt,Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag

Publisher: North River Press

ISBN: 9780884271932

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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The Choice, revised edition, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag Goldratt presents his thought provoking approach, this time through a conversation with his daughter Efrat, as he explains to her his fundamental system of beliefs. The revised edition includes Efrat's own notes and maps (charts) she made during her conversations with her father, helping the reader determine the true essence of the book. From the original publication: TOC has been successfully applied in almost every area of human endeavor, from industry to healthcare to education. And while Eli Goldratt is indeed a scientist, an educator and a business leader, he is first and foremost a philosopher; some say a genius. He is a thinker who provokes others to do the same. Often characterized as unconventional, and always stimulating a slayer of sacred cows Dr. Goldratt exhorts his readers to examine and reassess their lives and business practices by cultivating a different perspective and a clear new vision.
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Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Author: Laila Lalami

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156030878

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

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Set in modern-day Morocco, the story of four vastly different Moroccans who illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain chronicles the circumstances that drive them to risk their lives and the rewards that may or may not prove to be worth the danger. Reprint.
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Isn't It Obvious?

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt,Ilan Eshkoli,Joe Brownleer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780884271925

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 1068

THIS BOOK DOES FOR RETAILING WHAT GOLDRATT'S INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER, “THE GOAL” DID FOR MANUFACTURING.A breakthrough solution is exposed when some unexpected events force Caroline and Paul, a married couple working for their family's retail business, to make a few small changes in the way things are done. A solution that propels the family's regional chain of stores into a very profitable, rapidly growing, international enterprise. If there is a hint of Jonah, from THE GOAL, reappearing in this novel, it is Henry, the soon-to-retire president and majority owner of the company who logically states that, “if you do not deal directly with the core problem, don't expect significant improvement.” Eli Goldratt's Theory of Constraints is woven throughout this book but answers are not handed to you. The reader, along with the characters in the book, work through the process together to discover solutions.The elegant but simple solutions give the reader that sensation that followers love about Goldratt: “Ah-ha! Now I get it!” And that's when Goldratt says: “Isn't It Obvious?”
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Conquering Complexity in Your Business: How Wal-Mart, Toyota, and Other Top Companies Are Breaking Through the Ceiling on Profits and Growth

How Wal-Mart, Toyota, and Other Top Companies Are Breaking Through the Ceiling on Profits and Growth

Author: Michael George,Stephen A. Wilson

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071454969

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Conquering the complexity in products and services can generate larger contributions to profits and growth than nearly any other business strategy Here's a guarantee: Somewhere in your business, there is too much complexity. You may also be losing out by having too little complexity where it counts - in the products, services and options you offer to customers. Either way, the impact of complexity is enormous in terms of lost profit and missed growth opportunities. Conquering Complexity in Your Business shows how to break through the ceiling on profits and growth by implementing the three rules for conquering complexity: Eliminating complexity that customers will not pay for Exploiting the complexity that customers will pay for Minimizing the costs of the complexity you offer You'll find methods and tools you need to: Identify the offering and process complexity in your business Quantify the impact of that complexity Decide which complexity you want to keep and which to eliminate Select specific approaches to eliminate different kinds of complexity This knowledge will significantly improve your ability to grow profit, revenue, and shareholder value.
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The Gold Mine

A Novel of Lean Turnaround

Author: Michael Ballé

Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute

ISBN: 1934109290

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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"Mike Woods urges his retired father into helping out a friend's failing company. But for Bob Woods, another struggle to introduce lean manufacturing quickly rehashes production battles that he's long since fought. And not even the senior Woods, son Mike, or friend Phil and his colleagues really grasp what's in store for them."--Cover.
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The Moviegoer

A Novel

Author: Walker Percy

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453216251

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

View: 322

In this National Book Award­–winning novel, a young man, torn between the forces of tradition and change, searches for meaning in postwar America. On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Binx Bolling is a lost soul. A stockbroker and member of an established New Orleans family, Binx’s one escape is the movie theater that transports him from the falseness of his life. With Mardi Gras in full swing, Binx, along with his cousin Kate, sets out to find his true purpose amid the excesses of the carnival that surrounds him. Buoyant yet powerful, The Moviegoer is a poignant indictment of modern values, and an unforgettable story of a week that will change two lives forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Walker Percy including rare photos from the author’s estate.
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The Lean Manager

Author: Freddy Ballé,Michael Ballé

Publisher: Lean Enterprise Institute

ISBN: 1934109312

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 455

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In this groundbreaking sequel to The Gold Mine, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé present a compelling story that teaches readers the most important lean lesson of all: how to transform themselves and their workers through the discipline of learning the lean system. The Lean Manager: A Novel of Lean Transformation reveals how individuals can go beyond the short-term gains from tools, and realize a deeper, sustainable path of improvement. Full of human moments that capture the excitement and drama of lean implementation, as well as clear explanations of how tools and systems go hand-in-hand, this book will teach and inspire every person working to make lean a reality in their organization today. This book will help you learn both the how of doing lean, as well as the why behind the tools, enabling you to become lean. Lean is the most important business model for competitive success today. Yet companies still struggle to sustain enduring and deep-rooted business success from their lean implementation efforts. The most important problem for these companies is becoming lean: how can they advance beyond realizing isolated gains from deploying lean tools, to fundamentally changing how they operate, think, and learn? In other words, how can companies learn to go beyond lean turnaround to achieve lean transformation? The Lean Manager: A Novel of Lean Transformation, by lean experts Michael and Freddy Ballé, addresses this critical problem. As we move from what Jim Womack, author, lean management authority, and LEI founder, calls “the era of lean tools to the era of lean management,” The Lean Manager gives companies a definitive guide for sustaining their ability to learn and improve operations and financial performance, while continually developing people. “The only way to become and stay lean is to produce lean managers,” says Womack. “Every isolated effort will recede—or fail—unless companies learn to use the lean process as a way of developing individual problem-solvers with the ownership, initiative, and know-how to solve problems, learn, and ultimately coach new individuals in this discipline. That’s why this book matters so much.” The Lean Manager, the sequel to the Ballé’s international bestselling business novel The Gold Mine, tells the compelling story of plant manager Andrew Ward as he goes through the challenging but rewarding journey to becoming a lean manager. Under the guidance of Phil Jenkinson (whose own lean journey was at the core of The Gold Mine), Ward learns to use a deep understanding of lean tools, as well as a technical know-how of his plant’s operations, to foster a lean attitude that sustains continuous improvement. Where The Gold Mine shows you how to introduce a complete lean system, The Lean Manager demonstrates how to sustain it. Ward moves beyond fluency with tools to changing his behavior as a manager and leader. He shifts from giving orders and answers to asking the right questions so people identify and address problems. He learns how to use tools to unleash the creativity and motivation of people, so they learn how to solve problems as well as coach and teach others to solve problems. Ward learns how to create lean managers. “I am excited and have hopes that this book will enlighten readers about what it really means to live a business transformation that puts customers first and does this through developing people,” said Jeffrey Liker, author of The Toyota Way and professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. “People who do the work have to improve the work. There are tools, but they are not tools for ‘improving the process.’ They are tools for making problems visible and for helping people think about how to solve those problems.”
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Commitment: Novel about Managing Project Risk

Author: Olav Maassen,Chris Matts,Chris Geary

Publisher: Hathaway Te Brake Publications

ISBN: 9789462410039

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Improve your decision making. The new and revolutionary book "Commitment" about risk management and Real Options helps you to get more control over your decisions, gain more information when you have to decide and stop making the wrong decisions. This graphic business novel brings the Real Options model in a unique and understandable format, by explaining theories in a way only Sequential Art can. Via Rose Randall, the main character of this unique graphic business novel, the reader is introduced to the challenges a project manager faces. Rose Randall is the archetypal reluctant project manager. Following a painful project failure years ago, Rose's life is cast into chaos when she is once again thrown into the role against her wishes. Faced with a struggling project, help comes from an unexpected source guiding Rose in the direction of Real Options. When you have read Commitment, you: understand what the Real Options model is; can apply the Real Options model to manage project risks successfully; understand why much of your life involves options that you currently are treating as commitments; see the world through a different filter opening up many new possibilities; understand the difference between Commitments and Options. Because the book will: provide specific examples of how a project can manage its risks using the Real Options model; outline a simple technique for making decisions; make you aware of all the decisions you make every day; build your confidence in your ability to decide when to commit and when to leave options open. In short, this book is indispensable for new and experienced project managers plus anyone else who is interested in knowing more about managing large projects.
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From Vines to Wines, 5th Edition

The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine

Author: Jeff Cox

Publisher: Storey Publishing

ISBN: 1612124399

Category: Cooking

Page: 264

View: 6746

From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker.
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