Autoren: Eliyahu M. Goldratt

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Improving the flow and finding the bottlenecks.

Mentioned in the book The Phoenix Project I wanted to read this book because it was the first to combine a story and knowledge. The same management principles are explained for manufactoring as those explained in The Phoenix Project for IT.

It is all about the flow. Keeping the inventory low, the flow high and concentrating on the bottlenecks. All improvements aside the bottlenecks are useless. Not every working center needs to be busy all the time.

I enjoyed reading the story of the plant manager implementing these changes in his company. Goldratt is as a good story teller as a management counsultant.

From the book

Five Focusing Steps

  1. IDENTIFY the system’s contraint.
  2. Decide how to EXPLOIT the system’s constraint.
  3. SUBORDINATE everything else to the above decisions.
  4. ELEVATE the system’s constraint.
  5. If in the previous steps a constraint has been broken Go back to step 1, but do not allow inertia to cause a system constraint.

The goal of an individual or an organization should not be defined in absolute terms. A good definition of a goal is one that sets us on a path of ongoing improvement.

It is no wonder that Lean is now strongly associated with small batches and setup reductions techniques. (S. 345 )