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The Goal by Eliyahu M Goldratt examines the life of an American plant manger in hisquest to find out what exactly the goal of a plant manager is and how to go about reachingthis goal Along the way towards realizing the goal the plant manager is forced defineand understand the theory of constraints It is important to understand the theory ofconstraints for the manager to be able to identify what restrictions are being opposed ontohis various operations and to know how to reverse their affects In this particular case ittakes the manager having to continually deal with orders being finished late and thereforeunsatisfied customers and an irate employer in order to realize that serious problems areoccurring within his plantOnce the goal which inevitably turns out to be money isfound it is imperative to figure out how to express the goal in the form of a measurement Three measurements are able to not only express the goal of making money but alsomake it possible for the manager to develop operational rules for running his plant Thesemeasurements are throughput inventory and operational expense and everything thatthe manager manages in his plant is covered by them Still the manager must do muchthinking and research in order to figure out just how to express his goal in terms of thesemeasurementIn addition to expressing the goal the manager is troubled by whetheremployees robots and machinery actuall need to be running at all times At first glancemany managers seem to think that an idle worker is an unproductive worker but Goldrattshows us that in reality a plant in which everyone is working all the time is veryinefficient The manager in the book soon comes to realize that machines dont runthemselves -- it takes people to create excess inventory so sometimes when a worker istaking a break thereby leaving a machine idle its actually a good thingOne hugeproblem that often arises in a plant such as the one Goldratt has lead us
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