Eliyahu Goldratt

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Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt (March 31, 1947 – June 11, 2011) was an Israeli business management guru. He was the originator of the Optimized Production Technique, the Theory of Constraints (TOC), the Thinking Processes, Drum-Buffer-Rope, Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) and other TOC derived tools.

He also created The Goal Movie (1995), which shares the story of Alex Rogo from Eliyahu Goldratt’s business novel, The Goal (1984), where a manager learns to run a company efficiently using Theory of Constraints (bottlenecks, throughput, and flow balancing) to transform his mediocre division into a money-making machine through a rapid and reliable operations entity.

The movie explains with day to day examples the concepts that boost performance in productivity. An example is the one in which Alex takes his son and a group of Boy Scouts out on a hiking expedition. Here Alex faces and learns to properly deal with a bottleneck, in the form of the slowest boy called Herbie, to significantly improve the performance of the hiking group.

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