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Book recommendation: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Goal describes the Theory of Constraints as the story of a plant manager, called Alex Rogo. Early on Alex is asked a simple question: What is the goal of a manufacturing organization? And the answer is (spoiler alert) to make money.

My main takeaway from the book is how measuring the wrong things is bad for a company. Pushing for local optimums can have negative effects on the main goals of a company.

I’m not working for a manufacturing organization, but I can relate to this. It is common in enterprises, that smaller teams are pushing for their local goals. Often these goals are not aligned with the main goals. If the local goals don't help the company to achieve the main goals, then, well, it hurts the company.

The Goal presents the Theory of Constraints in an easily digestible way. I can recommend reading it. But don't take my word for it, go and check it out yourself.

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