Summary

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.
©1994 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd. (P)2014 HighBridge Company
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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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By T.C on 29-06-15

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By florin on 21-02-17

recommended

quite interesting story and explanation.
it gives a brief introduction to some basic principles which are mostly forgotten.
The narator is very good...it was a plesent lecture.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charlotte A. Hu on 10-10-14

Business Fiction - A New Genre

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Demonique on 17-04-15

Hated the changing voices

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.

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