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Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance - A Business Novel

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Dee Jacob and Suzan Bergland, two principals of AGI–Goldratt Institute, have teamed up with Jeff Cox, the writer of The Goal, to introduce the powerful Velocity approach for focused business improvement. Developed by AGI, the Velocity combines the three leading continuous improvement methods—Lean Theory, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints. Based on its extensive expe ...more
Audio CD, Abridged, 7 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published 2009)
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Steve Whiting
The book crunches together LSS and TOC in an attempt to address processes which can't be entirely leaned down from batch working. Like "The Goal", this book is also written as a novel, and like The Goal, this one is populated with cardboard characters whose dialogue wouldn't be less believable if it were written in rhyming couplets.

Still, despite that, it's a readable book which gets the concepts across, though I can't help but feel that this could be done just as well in a tenth of the space b
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Prasanna
Like the book "The Goal", this is a business novel too. It explains / walks the user about the LSS and TOC and use them together to achieve the needs.

The book is more of a novel and could have introduced the LSS / TOC concepts in an effective way. Characters are very loosely assembled and the plot is shallow.

This book will be a good introductory book to LSS and TOC for people who might not have read "The Goal".

On a side note, some of my friends really loved the book. It could be a hit or miss w
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Joshua Smith
Nerdy from an Industrial Engineers perspective
Josh Meares
The central insight of this book is its combination of Theory of Constraints with Lean Production and Six Sigma. Lean Production and Six Sigma are focused on maximizing resource utilization and eliminating waste. They use phrases like "continuous improvement", which is all well and good. The problem is that they are, by their very nature, omnidirectional. Everything improving all the time. Which happens to be not very efficient.

The Theory of Constraints gives Lean Production and Six Sigma some d
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Nikki
Dec 23, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If there was a 2.5 rating that is really what I would have given this book. I liked it a little bit. I really wanted to love this book. The premise was intriguing. A business novel that fuses lean six sigma and theory of constraints (TOC). However, it just did not quite deliver in the end.

The story is based around a woman, Amy Ceolara who has suddenly been thrust into the leadership position of a manufacturing company. Amy has a strong marketing background but lacks the experience in operations
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Rob
Oct 06, 2013 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
There are some good points to show the pitfalls of various process improvement methods.
The real downfall of this book is the weak connection of the plot. Too much time is spent elaborating on character depth instead of revealing character depth through the story. One example is the introduction of the names of wives of several key characters on the second page from the very end of the book. Flashback stories are used to fill in large time gaps and many of the learning adventures that could make
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Robert
Jan 15, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone involved in manufacturing
Shelves: business
Well...if you've read "The Goal", you know what to expect with this book. It follows the same format. New boss, struggling company, pressure from above, etc.
It is written in a somewhat "easy to read" manner and with a little soap opera tension. This is, of course, intentional to keep up interest in a rather dry subject.

Bottom line: If you have interest in, or want to learn more about, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma or the Theory of Constraints, this book is a good read. If you are already well ve
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Bob Schatz
This is a good book from the organization led by Dr. Goldratt, the man that gave us the Theory of Constraints. The book is written in novel form much like another book on my list called "The Remedy". This book shows how Lean/Six Sigma/Theory of Constraints work together in a company. It shows the personalities involved in change. Good read for leaders and managers who are having trouble seeing how things can change for the better.
Dan Smith
Jun 08, 2012 Dan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great business novel. I liked the story delivery method because it help to better explain the issues with only using lean, six sigma, or constraints theory as well as the value of combining them to create throughput and velocity. I would have rated this a 5 had the author digested the valuable points at the end rather then just ending the story without a recap. This is a good read and valuable info for understanding the application of each of valuable theories.
Daniel Bargieł
If you read Goldratt books or The Phoenix Project for instance this one will be very disappointing for you.

Story takes too long (couple of years pass by with no real story moving forward) and should really start in last chapter or one before that. As I read through I got this feeling that authors are more and more biased towards ToC approach over LeanSixSigma. Book praises ToC (which is great idea don't get me wrong) almost from first page ,paying only lip service to LSS method.
Andrea James
The book makes some good points and like The Goal it explains the theory of constraints quite clearly. I didn't really care for the characters or the story very much (especially the rather superfluous love interest). It made the book flabby and out of sync with the lean systems its manufacturing story focused on.

Michael Fruergaard
320p - Very readable and contains some interesting learnings, particularly that you don't want to keep eleviating the system contraint - as it just means a new one will pop up - that is outside your control. It is better to keep a constraint and use it like a drum (i.e. to set the pace).
Adam Stankowski
I did not find anything breakthrough in this book. The general point of it is to apply six sigma to reduce variability around the constraint which is an obvious conclusion after reading Goal 1 by Goldratt.
Rimma
Oct 04, 2016 Rimma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good easy to understand introduction to the concept, the story is well written and entertaining. This book is one of very small collection that was available in the audio format on the subjects in this combination and presented in story style.
Aurimas Mikalauskas
Sep 17, 2013 Aurimas Mikalauskas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print
Very interesting story line, but not so much focus on details when it comes to implementation of Lean, Six Sigma and TOC. Servers as a good introduction to all three, but in my opinion The Goal (which shares Jeff Cox as a co-author) is a much better starter to TOC.
Tom Clawser
May 09, 2014 Tom Clawser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great general introduction to LSS/TOC. I found it helpful, and enjoy the novel approach. I'm a big fan of Goldratt's "The Goal", and I found this to be equally helpful.
Steve Snider
Good book to describe concepts of lead and TOC in a semi-entertaining way, but the storylines are, per usual with this set of books, a little stilted.
John Patton
Interesting...not as worthwhile as the Goal.
Tunç Vidinli
May 02, 2016 Tunç Vidinli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't waste your time on this.
Irene
May 25, 2014 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read for school, overall it was interesting but I felt the way it was written was frustrating to read.
Abdulhalim Kaissy
Feb 08, 2016 Abdulhalim Kaissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a good novel, and not a satisfying business book, but definitely an interesting compromise
Nick Woodall
A good business novel. This has some great strategies for business, wrapped in a good story.
Evgeny Zislis
Jan 27, 2013 Evgeny Zislis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It might be interesting to someone who finished reading "The Goal", but on itself the book is not well written. The ideas are great, the presentation is lacking.
Sam Dickens
Oct 11, 2016 Sam Dickens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book that combines a fictional story with supply chain concepts. A good read for those of us interested in supply chain.
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