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teachrdan · 2019-08-09 · Original thread
This is a great companion to "The Goal" and "The Phoenix Project," both of which use fictional narratives to illustrate best engineering practices in the context of saving a (fictional) business.

donmcc · 2019-02-21 · Original thread
This is widely believed but I think in most cases not true. Goldratt’s ‘The Goal’ illustrates how this works in a factory setting, but you can apply the principles to most work processes.
kesor · 2018-03-29 · Original thread
Learn by watching and reading materials released by great system thinkers.

Ludwig von Bertalanffy

John Seddon

Theory of Constraints The Goal / Eli Goldratt Necessary but Not Sufficient / Eli Goldratt It's Not Luck / Eli Goldratt Isn't it Obvious? / Eli Goldratt Critical Chain / Eli Goldratt Be Fast or Be Gone / Andreas Scherer Hanging Fire / Jeff Cox Velocity / Dee Jacob Epiphanized / Bob Sproull & Bruce Nelson Focus and Leverage / Bob Sproull & Bruce Nelson

A full list of books on ToC here

Russell L. Ackoff

Gerald M. Weinberg

Philip B. Crosby

Peter M. Senge

And many more, most of which are mentioned by the above in their work.

jrs235 · 2017-03-08 · Original thread
>As for SOA, one thing Factorio taught me was the value of back pressure. Why spend resources producing materials which aren't being consumed? Conveyer belts and movers show the value of backpressure nicely - when the belt is full, movers stop placing items on the belt. The factories stop producing, and thus stop consuming intermediate materials... all the way back to your miners. But the moment that belt starts to clear up, the entire mechanism swings back into work, with enough queued materials to ensure that you are not suddenly starved.

This bit of your comment reminded me of The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement[1] by Eliyahu Goldratt. It's a great fictional story/book that does an excellent job of teaching about bottlenecks and the Theory of Constraints. Specifically how to identify them and eliminate them.


This isn't really a new idea.

For anyone interested in 'systems thinking' and associated optimisations, check out the 'Implementing Lean' book:

Or The Goal for something slightly different:

I have to say, there's way more wisdom in the more mature 'lean' world than there is in the trendier 'agile'.

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