Un segundo arco de la historia, describe la vida marital de Alex. Eliyahu M. Creo que se ha abusado mucho de estas dos palabras, al grado de que su significado original se ha perdido en la bruma misteriosa del excesivo respeto. Lo que he tratado de demostrar con este libro es que no se necesita tener un poder mental excepcional para construir una nueva ciencia o para ampliar una ya existente. Yo no creo en las verdades absolutas.

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Really it is built around a very simple insight - that the speed of a convoy is determined by the slowest ship, what the book does is demonstrate the effect of consistently applying this insight to the workings of a business. For example if a house is built quickly at low cost the quality will be low, if you want a high quality house built quickly you have to be prepared to pay for it, or compromise on the time it will take. Goldratt has the idea of focusing on a constraint and redesigning the business around it.

I cannot recommend reading this book highly enough as an opener to thinking about the flow of work through organisations, how organisations succeed or become dysfunctional. Editions with the extra interviews with how different businesses have applied Theory of Constraints are particularly enlightening and worth getting hold of. The one message of the book that I found especially interesting was that eventually the greatest constraint on the fictional business in the novel is not its potential productivity but the capacity of the market to absorb its products.

What I find interesting is that this is a message about the limits of the market in a business book. Maybe the boosters are correct and the ability of capitalism to invent products is near unlimited, maybe potential economic expansion could be extremely great however all that is irrelevant. The determining factor will be the size of the market. Or the inventiveness of advertisers to persuade us to want more junk. I suppose one reason why I am enthusiastic about The Goal is the part it plays in my thinking about the Industrial Revolution.

There was nothing new in principle about the technologies of steam power, what changed was the ability of the market to consume - producing more is a high road to insolvency unless you can find the customers to buy your product. There maybe is the key, the world of The Goal, like our own, operates in a particular historical and sociological context, rather than a fantasy in which economic growth "to infinity and beyond", in the immortal words of Buzz Lightyear, is the solid basis in which all assumptions are rooted.

By contrast I notice from time to time the adverts for a UK furniture store which promise the purchaser that they will have nothing to pay for a year, four years free credit, or even both. A market strategy predicated on a loving relationship with their funders.

Then again it strikes me from time to time just how fantastical real life is. I was never any good at Maths in school and so it was from this book that I learnt that when looking at figures if the answer looks wrong, what you need to do is think about the assumptions rather than just check the calculation.

It is impressive where adding up the wrong figures in the right way will get you, individually or as a society.


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