I bought this audio book to gain some insight as to how to improve operations at the business I own. I even listened to this twice, hoping to catch something I had missed the first time. Unfortunately, the "novel" format of this book lost me. While I do have a "Godzilla" in my business, I was hoping to be able to learn from this book how to maximize its output. I was hoping for real action items and real world applications, not a love story. I stopped listening about half the way through the second time around.
Something else for Lean Six Sigma.
I could not get through the poorly constructed story to get to the real message. The Southern accents were distracting and HORRIBLE! It's like a bad B movie with lean MFG principles as a back drop.
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.