A Tribute to Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt (1947-2011)
Eli Goldratt was an Israeli physicist turned management guru. A preeminent educator, author, scientist and business philosopher, he remained first and foremost a THINKER who enjoyed provoking others to think. Unconventional, stimulating, “a slayer of sacred cows,” he enjoyed forcing people to examine their underlying assumptions and thereby discover breakthrough solutions.
Early in his career, Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt left the world of academics to head Creative Output, a company developing cutting-edge production optimization software. There, he gradually came to realize that often the old habits and assumptions of workers prevented the software from achieving its full potential.
In response, he authored the book The Goal, a classic business text cast in the form of a gripping novel. The book was not appreciated by publishers and his board of directors grew concerned over the efforts he lavished on it. Eventually, with help from the owner of North River Press, The Goal was published and became a surprise hit.
Then something even more remarkable happened ... companies began achieving bigger success with just his book than they did with his million dollar software packages! Eliyahu lost his heart for selling software and tried to reposition his company into “consulting.” But Creative Output's declining revenues and Goldratt’s radical shift of focus caught his his shareholders off guard. The Board of Directors summarily fired him and his collaborators as well!
Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt threw himself into developing the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a systems framework for helping organizations and individuals determine:
As part of the effort, he created TOC Thinking Processes, Throughput Accounting, Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR), Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) and other related tools. He also authored a series of popular books including: The Goal, It's Not Luck, Critical Chain, Necessary but Not Sufficient, The Choice and Isn't it Obvious. His Goldratt Satellite Program, a series of 8 DVDs covering all disciplines of management, is considered to be one of his finest masterpieces.
Eliyahu became a sought-after consultant and trainer by many of the world’s largest corporations, including General Motors, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, NV Philips, ABB and Boeing.
The Theory of Constraints Institute was inaugurated on June 11, 2012, one year after Eli Goldratt passed away, to carry on his life long goal of teaching the world to think.
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