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Publisher's Summary

Millions of readers and listeners remember The Goal, the landmark business novel that sets forth the essential principles of Eliyahu Goldratt's innovative methods of production. Now, from the AGI-Goldratt Institute and Jeff Cox, the same creative writer who co-authored The Goal, comes Velocity the book that reveals how to achieve outstanding bottom-line results by integrating the world's three most powerful continuous improvement disciplines: Lean, Six Sigma, and Goldratt's Theory of Constraints.

Dee Jacob and Suzan Bergland, two principals of AGI, show you how to apply their insights and methods to your organization in order to shorten lead times, slash inventories, reduce production variability, and increase sales. Writer Jeff Cox returns with the vivid, realistic style that made The Goal so entertaining yet so edifying. Thrust into the presidency of the subsidiary company where she has managed sales and marketing, Amy Cieolara is mandated by her corporate superiors to implement Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in order to appease a key customer. But as time goes on, and corporate pressure mounts, Amy arrives at the series of steps that form the core of the Velocity Approach.

Velocity offers keen insight into the human and organizational factors that so often derail growth while teaching you proven, practical techniques for restarting and revving up the internal engines of your company to reach new levels of success.

©2010 The Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute and Jeff Cox; (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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A very powerful book

This is a very useful tool in understanding the science of business operations. Easy reading too.

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Uniquely Brilliant

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.

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Good Story that applies process methodologies

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.

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Good goal follow up

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.

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Disappointing Listening

What disappointed you about Velocity?

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.<br/>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

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

It was not made clear what was the concept trying to convey

Have you listened to any of Linda Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

her performance is average

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story of the human problems around the methodology was interesting

Any additional comments?

See my recommendations<br/>add an index in the books description

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Connecting the dots...

Would you listen to Velocity again? Why?

Yes-It cleverly connects the dots from concept to completion with an overview of real world struggles in strategy/culture change.

What did you like best about this story?

The detailed description of cause and effect of performance in each segment of a manufacturing process, and the outline of TOC.

Have you listened to any of Linda Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NO

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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Linda knows how to tell a story. Good Book, but..

If you could sum up Velocity in three words, what would they be?

Good story, but the I wish it had more on Six Sigma and on the Theory of Constraints.

Would you recommend Velocity to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes.

Have you listened to any of Linda Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is very entertaining.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

almost 1 setting would be fine

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  • Doc Reo
  • NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 08-29-12

Excellent audio book. Great book.

What made the experience of listening to Velocity the most enjoyable?

Linda Weber's Narration as well as the easy to read writings of Dee Jacobs. I even enjoyed Dee's Introduction.

What did you like best about this story?

The lessons I learned about management.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Amy C, the main character, finally found the connection between LSS and TOC and how it can work to improve production standards. "We nailed the Herbie!" The moment Amy finally understood B. Don's statement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did do so.

Any additional comments?

<br/>I am only canceling for one reason. I feel as though, we are being charged twice. I am sure there are definite financial reasons. <br/><br/>A subscription fee or the price of the books, would be nice. Especially if you only purchase a book or two every couple of months, we still have a subscription fee. Without a subscription fee, I would purchase more books.<br/><br/>Other than that I believe the service is great. Yet I will need to sell some books in order to afford the service.<br/><br/>Thanks :)

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  • Randall
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 03-26-12

Good story, but need more details on Lean

If you could sum up Velocity in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining way to understand Lean

Would you recommend Velocity to your friends? Why or why not?

Those interested in learning more about Lean and Six Sigma

Which scene was your favorite?

hard to say

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really

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the Goal is just better

It is just the same as the goal but with no content.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful