This is a good audiobook but it's not The Goal. This narrator is much better than the sequels to The Goal but not having an ensemble can sometimes be confusing due to the fast paced and sometimes technical issues. I think the plot could be improved to deliver more knowledge with less fat, but overall this is worth listening to if you need this for school or work and don't want to read it.
This book is a pale shadow to "The Goal" of which I believe it is supposed to be a continuation.. In this book they introduce Lean and Six Sigma concepts, but fail, in my view, in effectively showing how these concepts work in coordination with the Theory of Constraints. Also, as was "The Goal", this is put forth in storytelling form. However, there is far too much emphasis put on the personal stories in this book, which does not allow room to get down into the meat of how to implement the operational changes proposed.
Once I understood that this book is not a formal course on Lean/Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints, but a fictional novel, I found it very entertaining, while also educating to a certain extent. The book is obviously not intended to make the reader a black belt, but the simulated fictional story provides some interesting insights as to what those systems are, what they can achieve and which obstacles we can be faced with when trying to implement them in real life.
While this is a novel, it IS a business book as well. You will likely learn more about the strategic thinking that goes into running a successful company than just about any pure 'business book'. It's an easy listen and the narrator is superb.
Good story to show the use of several processes in an environment versus a single one. I will go back and brush up on the details of the process after listening to the audit book.
The performance was good and the storyline made sense. The only difficult part was sometimes combining all the different concepts became convoluted. Great book and has concepts I can apply immediately to my career.
This books narrates the day to day problems of a group trying to reach improvements but doesn't describe the tools used. The author's objective is to make you figure out what the tools are. Or at least that is what I think her objective is.
The story is good as describes the issues people has when dealing with new methodologies. I would recommend that the author add, from time to time as the books develops, a brief description of the concepts she wants the reader to grasp
It was not made clear what was the concept trying to convey
her performance is average
The story of the human problems around the methodology was interesting
See my recommendations
add an index in the books description
Yes-It cleverly connects the dots from concept to completion with an overview of real world struggles in strategy/culture change.
The detailed description of cause and effect of performance in each segment of a manufacturing process, and the outline of TOC.
NO-some of the story was a bit cheesy, but I found myself pondering what was going to occur next with regard to the business and personal relationships in the story.