A young, untested team of problem solvers challenged with saving their company moves from board room to classroom in search of answers - and finds them through lively, open discourse with their innovative professor. This gripping, fast-paced business novel does for project management what Eliyahu M. Goldratt's other novels have done for production and marketing.
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"This is valuable to two main audiences: project managers and senior managers...useful for dealing with one of the most difficult and pressing management challenges: developing highly innovated new products." (Harvard Business Review)
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
This book is horrific from a literary perspective - shallow, predictable characters with almost soap-opera like qualities. Please ignore the slow start where these unimpressive characters are introduced.
This book is brilliant because of the way it weaves a deeper meaning and education of project management into a plausible and interesting plotline, which makes up for the characters that carry it.
This book is not for the uninitiated. It's chocked full of jargon and concepts that people who have never studied project management would never understand. For those who have had a course or two on project management or even a weeklong seminar and for whom project management is a reality, the book has a clarity and focus that reaches beyond anything I've seen in any period of instruction on the topic. However, you must speak the project management language to follow the gist of the book.
As someone who has managed projects for years and studied project management, this book helped me achieve a new level of thinking and analysing business models, assumption, problems, workflows and more.
This book is truly brilliant. Did I start out by saying its bad literature? It is. And it's brilliant!
I purchased this book as someone who has never been in a Project Management role and wanted to learn more about the position. I was able to learn the basics through some of the use cases in the book and some interesting points I would have never thought about. However, overall I found myself losing interest as the book continued and felt like I wasn't learning anything new past the halfway point.
One byproduct that I did take from the audio though is a great way of teaching a class. I instruct classes and I really liked the teachers methods in delivering his material.
I had high hopes that the multiple voice actors would mean a female would play the female parts and the two men would play the key characters from the book. I was disappointed. Some chapters were read by the female doing all parts and others were by one or the other men. There was one chapter where it sounded like the men changed mid-sentence. I loved the book and I can't wait to apply TOC to my projects but the recording really threw me for a loop.
- The Griffin Group
May not be Shakespeare, but communicates the fundamental precepts of Critical Chain in an entertaining way. I recommend this for anyone interested in TOC.
Yes, it re-iterates the points made in the "The Goal" while expanding them to a new context.
The Phoenix Project because it deals with similar concepts. The Phoenix Project is a better listen than this book.
For some reason they decided to switch the voices during the book. Unlike "The Goal" audio book where different people read different characters, here they had different people read every character. It takes a few minutes to re-adjust every time the voice changes.
The books setting is a university business school that has realized enrollments are down due to the lack of perceived value delivery.
The ability to teach with an engaging story is a lost art. Goldratt does it superbly. His ability to use interesting characters in real life situations makes understanding easier.
In some points the character voices would change, which sometimes made it difficult to know who was speaking. After figuring out who was speaking, the book became clear to understand, just took a moment.
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Nowadays management theories are based on old beliefs from two centuries ago, this book will help you to understand the dynamics behind the theory of constrains and put it into action at your organization.
Good book. Continues to provide insight based on TOC. I wish it would explain more in-depth, like The Goal did. At this point, I feel my next steps are to take a class in TOC Project Management (CCPM).
I am sad there isn't another audiobook in the series available yet.
I have not seen the print version, but this was definitely entertaining.
Just the ongoing mental dialog around the topics
This is a business project management text presented as a fictional story. It's a very unique way of presenting the information. The information around project management and some of the story is somewhat dated, but all in all it would be a wonderful listen for someone just getting started in project management to understand the landscape of the practice.
"Classic Business Novel"
If you don't know about the theory of constraints then you probably should. This book explains them in the context of project management.
"an entertaining presentation of a dry subject"
I haven't read the print version.
I have not.
one of the most appealing project management lessons
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