Book Review

The Choice – A Book Review

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I read this book for the first time at least 4 – 5 years ago. I had loved the book at that time, but still felt that the book was a bit heavy for my liking and understanding.

Over the next four years my understanding of the subject increased, and I had made my mind to revisit this book some day.

A couple of months back, the book “The Goal” was released in Marathi language in the cities of Pune and Mumbai. During the book launch at Pune, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt’s children, Rami Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag. Apart from the book launch ceremony, there were beautiful presentations from Rami (What we can learn from History – related to Inertia) and Efrat (Layers of Resistance to Change).

That day I had made my mind, that the next book I read would be “The Choice” written by Eliyahu Goldratt and co-authored by Efrat.

A beautiful book that explains about different solutions of TOC and more importantly, about the Thinking Processes and how to bring clarity in thinking. The book is written in Question – Answer format in which Efrat asks her father some questions, to which her father, Eliyahu, shows her the direction in which she can find an answer, again in form of other thought provoking questions, in a Socratic approach; and the way Efrat understands the answers to the question she was asking by following a well led path, which forms the gist or soul of Theory of Constraints.

A must read book for TOC enthusiasts…

Book Details

Title: The Choice
Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Necessary but not sufficient – A Book Review 

Necessary But Not Sufficient

Necessary But Not Sufficient

A beautiful book that tells a story of an ERP software company and the way it changes the business scenario with help of Theory Of Constraints.

I had heard the three rules of Dr Eliyahu Goldratt, about being paranoid and bring hysterical. This book tells us what is the real meaning of the phrase “being paranoid”.

With a good software, as a customer you can become equipped enough to get that cutting edge, but it is just a necessary condition. You can get the true benefit out of the software only when you change the underlying rules that were present before the software was installed. Just like the software removes the earlier limitation, the earlier rules that were required for the limitation need to be modified to get the real benefit out of the software. A thought provoking book, though not as beautiful as “The Goal” & “The Critical Chain”.

Nevertheless, a beautiful read for “Theory of Constraint” fans…

Book Details

Title: Necessary But Not Sufficient
AuthorEliyahu M. Goldratt
My Rating: 3 Stars
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The Goal – by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt

One of the best way to describe a manufacturing plant, any manufacturing plant. Just read the next few lines, and close your eyes.

Past a set of double doors separating the office from the plant, the world changes. Overhead is a grid of lamps suspended from the roof trusses, and everything is cast in the warm, orange hues of sodium-iodine light. There is a huge chain-link cage which has row after row of floor-to-roof racks loaded with bins and cartons filled with parts and materials for everything we make. In a skinny aisle between two racks rides a man in the basket of a forklift crane that runs along a track on the ceiling. Out on the floor, a reel of shiny steel slowly unrolls into the machine that every few seconds says “Ca-chunk.”
Machines. The plant is really just one vast room, acres of space, filled with machines. They are organized in blocks and the blocks are separated by aisles. Most of the machines are painted in solid March Gras colors—orange, purple, yellow, blue. From some of the newer machines, ruby numbers shine from digital displays. Robotic arms perform programs of mechanical dance.

Doesn’t your manufacturing company come before your eyes?

Taken from The Goal, by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt.

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