The Critical Chain
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“The Critical Chain” by Eliyahu M. Goldratt is a business novel that explores the concept of project management and how it can be improved through the use of the Theory of Constraints (TOC). The book follows the story of a project manager named Rogo, who is tasked with turning around a failing project. With the help of a physicist named Jonah, Rogo learns about the principles of TOC and how they can be used to improve the performance of his project. The book is well-written and engaging, with plenty of anecdotes and examples to illustrate the author’s points. Goldratt uses a conversational style to explain complex concepts in a way that is easy to understand. The book is divided into several sections, each of which builds on the previous one to create a cohesive narrative. One of the strengths of the book is that it is not just a theoretical treatise on project management, but a practical guide to applying its principles to real-world situations. The author provides concrete steps that readers can take to identify and overcome bottlenecks in their own projects. Another strength of the book is that it is relevant to a wide range of industries, not just manufacturing. The principles of TOC can be applied to any project that has a goal to achieve. Overall, I would highly recommend “The Critical Chain” to anyone who is interested in improving the performance of their projects.