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Necessary But Not Sufficient: A Theory Of Constraints Business Novel

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  31 reviews
After reading the newspapers and following the sharp oscillations of the stock market, it becomes apparent that hi-tech companies are of a different breed. Never before have the chances of making a fortune been so realistic and never before have large companies been so fragile. What is really going on inside these hi-tech companies? What types of pressures and challenges a ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published April 28th 2001 by Routledge (first published 2000)
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Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
An excellent storyline and progressive learning of the implementation and subsequent TOC models to incorporate for maximizing the Throughput improvement.
My thoughts on the most helpful reading order:
The Goal
It's Not Luck
Isn't It Obvious
Necessary But Not Sufficient
Critical Chain
Leif Almberg
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Goldratt delivers as always!

Amazing as always from Goldratt! A great follow up from the Goal, isn’t it obvious and It’s Not Luck.
Even though it is a bit old, still a lot to learn.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
BGSoft, a software company, has been having stunning growth for the last few quarters. But this is nothing special - this is the kind of growth that everyone expects from their industry. The leadership team of BGSoft feels they've hit a wall and captured all the market share they can. To make matters worse, one of their largest clients and most touted success stories can't see any benefits to their software. BGSoft's leadership uses the principles of TOC to get out of this dilemma. At least I as ...more
Jack Vinson
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is a "TOC Business Novel," which means that it tells a story in order to describe the ideas of Theory of Constraints. In this case, the story centers around an ERP company, but that is not the focus of the thoughts. The focus is how TOC can bring benefit in any organization that has a workflow: production, distribution, engineering, software design, etc. The very interesting
Alistair MacDonald
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this book was not as gripping as The Goal, it faithfully covers others aspects of The Theory of Constraints that I had pondered after reading other Goldratt books. It was nice to read a TOC novel set in the world of software development, as this is how I am employed. The stance of the book on the value of software is that "software is necessary but not sufficient", Ie: software is a necessary evil. I think this is an accurate view of software: it's valueless without the ability to reprogra ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
I started to read this book with create enthusiasm. The described problem at the beginning was the same as any programmer has had in some period. Systems got big and new code was even more and more difficult to implement. I was hoping to get some good answer, what to do in such situations but ... unfortunately, this problem was not solved. They organised a bit their work and implemented some new theories but didn't get the answer, how to breake down and simplify mammoth IT systems. ...more
Moronke Dafiaga
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this book is an eye opener. It doesn't just talk about TOC(Theory of Constraint) But it also sheds more light on the bottom line value of a product i.e how does it affect financials at the end of the day. ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is an amazing insight into what wonders TOC can potentially do mainly to the bottom line of an organization. It purposefully advocates TOC.

The tagline says that it is a TOC Business novel for IT, but it mostly discusses a large case at Pierco which is not an IT but a production company. It then weaves these problems into the ERP company's working (which is an IT company). Although significant efforts have been taken to write this as a novel, it is not flawless. At times the conversation
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Being an ERP Consultant, I read this book with interest. I was able to identify with the challenges discussed. I learned a lot, especially about how ERP can add value to a customer. I also learned about some of the matrices that I can use to evaluate the RoI from an ERP Investment.

You can check out my review of the book in my blog.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read for folks in Manufacturing & operations

Well written "business novel" that touches upon all the practical and real problems and how TOC can help overcome them. Technology is necessary but not sufficient.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a master piece!! Especially when you are introducing an innovative product. I found it useful in my company and our products. Currently reading the goal by Eliyahu too. You should read this book
Jun 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, kindle riddled with typos

The book is good but the kindle version has a lot of typos which are a bit distracting. Also preferred the goal but the style of this is still good.
Ciprian Dobre-Trifan
Goldratt never disappoints! Even when it comes to Software.

Value based fees, in the form of customer value driven software and SaaS, software as a service, are elegantly and undeniably exposed as common sense in the traditional stunning style of dr Goldratt.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here another management-fantasy!

Just fun to read. A success story, or fantasy, with T.O.C. The story ends with currently very common solution. Was it there at the time the book was written?
Pranav Mahajan
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read
Chris Reilly
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking. Makes me think how I can bring my clients more money, even though that's not "my job" per se. I need to research the drum buffer rope concept. ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was a random read but it has delivered great value to my outlook on problem solving!
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A book that features TOC, but isn't really about it, like The Goal ...more
Tony Grimm
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. I loved reading how TOC can relate in the software industry.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very engaging narrative including a few useful new learnings about TOC. A must read for the true believers. For all others, focus on The Goal and Critical Chain.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: practical-theory
TOC in disruptive technology.
Darius Daruvalla-riccio
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Dr Goldratt.
This story follows the perspective of a software provider that is reaching market saturation. As the company learns how to improve their offering, the book teaches the lessons of:

-DBR production through IT systems
-TOC Replenishment and supply chain management
-delivering bottom line value as a sales strategy rather than deliverig technology for the sake of technology
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few insights, but otherwise superfluous

I think the narrative format originally deployed in The Goal has been overextended here. Once you understand the heavyweight ideas of TOC, you're ready to accept new ideas in a more condensed format, such as in The Race. This book felt like a short commentary on some of the technological implications of TOC, embedded in a rather boring story short on details. I'm also afraid that technology has evolved much faster and farther in the years since publicatio
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
It was easy to read but I somehow didn't get it. Maybe I should have read The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement first? I'll probably try that one someday. ...more
Dec 13, 2008 marked it as to-read
I half read this about 5 years ago. Its a book I've been meaning to read again as I think I'd appreciate it more. Its a fiction novel dealing with business theory - so different from the usual "business manual" So entertaining as well as having a business message ...more
Oleg Shestopalov
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Случай - не единственный у автора.- когда литературные несовершенства не замечаются благодаря напряженности и смысловой нагруженности книги.
Aurimas Mikalauskas
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
Good book, although I read it right after The Goal which I think was a bad idea - I should have read "It's not luck" first. ...more
Roopesh Goyal
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well written book on theory of constraints. It is written as a story, with insights interspersed throughout the book on the practicalities and how to overcome the issues.
Jeffrey Gill
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Eliyahu M. Goldratt was an educator, author, physicist, philosopher and business leader, but first and foremost, he was a thinker who provoked others to think. Often characterized as unconventional, stimulating, and “a slayer of sacred cows,” he urged his audience to examine and reassess their business practices with a fresh, new vision.

Dr. Goldratt is best known as the father of the Theory of Con

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