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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Theory of Constraints walks you through the crucial stages of a continuous program: the five steps of focusing; the process of change; how to prove effect-cause-effect; and how to invent simple solutions to complex problems. Equally important, the author reveals the devastating impact that an organization's psychology can have on the process of improvements. Theory of Cons ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by North River Pr (first published January 1st 1990)
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Celso Martins
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful and easy reading best seller in flow management.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
I really struggled finishing this book. The topic and theory of constraints was interesting; however, I found the sentences to contradict themselves often and things to be generally unclear. The section about the history of science which was used to provide more authority to the management theory being promoted was completely unnecessary and I believe inaccurate.

I know try to use the principles put forth in the theory of constraints and have found them immensely helpful in organizing thoughts an
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Has a few nuggets of Goldratt's wisdom, but the version that I read was so rife with punctuation errors and run-on sentences, not to mention a general lack of cohesion, that I find it hard to recommend. Read The Goal instead. ...more
Emilis Kuke
Controversial, interesting and useful book

This book, forced my rethink my current understatement about first Dr. E. Goldratt book "The Goal" and all that I thought know about TOC and other management philosophies. After reading "Theory of constraints", now I understand a little bit more about TOC, TQM and JIT development, their similarities and differences, science purpose and development in general, dippendant and indippendant variables, TOC tools and psychological challenges in TOC implementa
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC) at first glance seems to be a self-contained text about management philosophy after the author’s critical success of his The Goal. After all, why have a second book when one would suffice? Although this text does a fair job of enumerating the process of TOC it does not stand on its own two feet. Indeed, I feel TOC is more fairly viewed as a supplement to The Goal than as a stand-alone book. Much of the text relies on the reader already having The Goal - kno ...more
Gustavo Fernandes
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jens Comiotto-Mayer
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Goldratt's "Theory of Constraints" bears some real gems, like diving deeper into the Socratic approach and the Evaporating Clouds method, or by elaborating a bit more on the psychology of change per se. Nevertheless, I did not overly enjoy the read, which is both due to the unstructured presentation and the TOC sales show covering nearly the second half of this edition. I heavily doubt this book would've been of any use for me at all if I hadn't read The Goal beforehand, as I always had the feel ...more
Yehia Abo el-nga
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a reflection on the success of Goldratt's other book, The Goal. It analyzes the choices made by Jonah and Alex and delves deep into what makes a Jonah. The write up of this book is experience-derived. It is narrated as a memory dump. Its organization could have been better and to the point. I don't think I benefited much from that book. ...more
Jessica Berry
I started this before I read The Goal, definitely the wrong order. Read The Goal first then come back to this one to reinforce the theory. It's a dry read either way, but it'll make more sense with context from The Goal. But this one is worth it (at least the first half, the second half not as much) to also get a 101 on Effect-Cause-Effect and the Evaporating Clouds Method. ...more
Bruno Figares
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine book

I am surprised how we can get away with going through college without some basic courses that cover toc and process engineering, regardless of the major. A critical topic I dare say
Santosh Vadlamani
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It is good in bits and pieces. It sounds like a critic review of The Goal, with suggestions on what the could be attended appended to that. Still helpful
Isabel Hogue
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A good companion to Goldratt's novels, The Goal, and It's Not Luck ...more
Nacho Bassino
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Buen acompañante de The Goal, menos “revelador” pero un complemento útil
Jason Orthman
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this book after hearing Richard White from WiseTech talk about how the ‘theory of constraints’ is so important to his organisation. However, I struggled to see the value in this book.
Abhilash Gopalakrishnan
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for great management who can use brains and identify bottlenecks without wasting others time. A systems approach as well.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
told in a story book form.
Alberto Lopez
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
Great book about Supply-chain and Operations.
Gabriel Pinkus
This book was quite fascinating NOT because of the theory of constraints, but because Goldratt tells us WHY his book The Goal was so successful. It was so incredibly successful not because the theory of constraints makes sense, but because he used a particular approach to the Socratic Method of Teaching which I've never encountered. I read this book 1 year+ since reading The Goal, but only whilst reading this did it dawn on me that tremendous educational power the method used has.

It is almost a
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The father of the Theory of Constraints where resources are applied to the biggest bottleneck of your entire supply chain process, as a process can only move as fast as the slowest part. This book outlines the thought process behind production and applying this approach in resource management, in order to be able to increase throughput and as he calls it “break” the barriers. Once the barrier is broken, the focus should be on going to the next barrier.

It focuses on some key points:
• 5 Steps of
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I heard this book on CD, instead of reading it. The book explained many concepts that I was very unfamiliar with. Goldratt presents the material by asking questions and giving examples. He becomes quite animated at times. Overall, it gives a much greater understanding of the several constraints that surround business decisions. This should be mandatory reading for all those executives who are prone to making quick calls without considering all the ramifications to the organization as a whole.
Glenn Burnside
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
A good complement to The Goal, but assumed you've already read that one. Some parts read like a sales pitch for the Goldratt Institute. Thought provoking. Me very time I read Goldratt I find something new I can apply at work - so I keep reading. ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business-books
The book is dictated and typed out, which is apparent from the lack of structure in it. It is mostly a marketing thing about why theory of constraints is so great. Better not buy this one, but start with 'the goal' or a course in Theory of Constraints. ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is another difficult yet enlightening read. A paradigm shift from thinking that inventory is good and long runs of a product (i.e. lack of turns) is efficient. Made my bookkeeping classes become unimportant, and detrimental in todays manufacturing processes.
Karl Richards
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely a classic, but one I didn't read until recently, which is too bad. Theory of Constraints can be applied well outside of manufacturing to nearly anything that is process oriented. ...more
Pankaj Pandey
Nice read....
Michael Fruergaard
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
150p- 11-07-2006
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
My professor in Management Accounting class suggested me to read this. I found out it was very good. Taste like a business book, but, very enjoyable.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite Goldratt book, but a good synthesis of the concepts of his other books.
Rahul Rajamuthiah
Sep 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: operations
Building efficiency with constrains
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
A couple interesting points and methods but the writing was terrible. Too many run-ons, punctuation errors, and unnecessary content.
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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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