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.
I appreciate that the writer had set the scene for the main characters life, his discussions and issues in his marriage and life. The moment where his wife actually goes out and purchases a present and there is a big fight around career choices and income was not something I had expected in a book for project planning. Combining this story telling with the explanation of the planning method does work.
Voicing was done very well, adjusted to emotions and consider that this is a book about critical chain planning.
The book gives several practical examples of critical chain planning which become memorable enough for the listener. I usually work out and listen and this actually was interesting from both story telling and planning content.
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.
"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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