Exceeding the Goal

Adventures in Strategy, Information Technology, Computer Software, Technical Services, and Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints

Exceeding the Goal

Adventures in Strategy, Information Technology, Computer Software, Technical Services, and Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints

John Arthur Ricketts

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Praise for Exceeding the Goal

"Exceeding the Goal shares with Goldratt's bestseller The Goal this fascinating description of persistent human madness: all these stupid things that we have been doing for decades and that we continue doing. We all have our preferred authors, it is a matter of personal taste, and in the field of TOC in IT, John Ricketts is one of my favorites."

— Philip Marris, CEO, Marris Consulting

 

"One of my favorites of all time.... I did not know he published a new one. Already saved it and look forward to reading it. 

 — Joe Dager, Business Development, Action Research, Lean Marketing

 To read the full reviews, click on the "Resources" tab immediately above.

 

Overview

A manager’s instinct is to strive to control everything. That’s not just ineffective, it’s a practical impossibility. So, where should managers commit finite resources to achieve their enterprise’s mission?  Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (“TOC”), introduced in The Goal, is a great place to start, but a terrible place to stop, as most readers can’t put that knowledge to use.

 

Constraints hold organizations in check. Without them, productivity would be easy, and companies could grow without bounds. But in most enterprises, survival and growth are perpetual struggles.

 

This book is intended to bring a broader understanding of strategy and information to the TOC community while introducing TOC principles to the strategy and information communities. Exceeding the Goal is the book’s title because reaching a goal may be sufficient for operations, but it’s insufficient for strategy when global competition is intense.  Exceeding the goal is the path to extraordinary results.

 

The author uses his own experiences in manufacturing, research, consulting, software, and strategy as the basis for the book. The “adventures” that are chronicled are true stories about real-life situations—some successful, and others not. Valuable lessons can be learned from both, with the failures serving as invaluable cautionary tales.

 

Features

This book closes the gaps between:

  • Enterprise Strategy and Technical Strategy
  • The Information field and the organization it supports
  • Reading about TOC and actually implementing it.

Dr. Ricketts is a distinguished engineer and Constraint Management practitioner. His career spans manufacturing, academia, and the information field. John's job roles include professor of Information Systems, research manager in Information Technology, consulting partner in Business & Technical Services, chief technology officer in Computer Software, and venture capitalist in Corporate Strategy.

 

John is the author of Reaching the Goal: How Managers Improve a Services Business Using Goldratt's Theory of Constraints. His work has also appeared in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Software Maintenance, Informatica, Computer Programming Management, Service Systems Implementation, and the Theory of Constraints Handbook. 

What the Experts are Saying...

 

"For those that have, as I have, been following the development of the Theory Of Constraints for over 3 decades you will know that John Ricketts is the author of Reaching the Goal (2007) and was THE pioneer in the use of TOC in IT. That first book was based on his long career with IBM.

 

These days there are many books on TOC and IT. I consider that John Ricketts' books Reaching the Goal and now Exceeding the Goal are mandatory reading for those involved in software development and interested in TOC. Having done a speed read of his latest book I can strongly recommend it. He looks at the subject with a refreshing new angle on IT, and TOC (a very important duo in 2020). The mix of ideas and his grounding in his extensive experience are very impactful. His case studies (he calls them "Adventures") are wonderful and make you laugh and cry.

 

Exceeding the Goal shares with Goldratt's bestseller The Goal this fascinating description of persistent human madness: all these stupid things that we have been doing for decades and that we continue doing. We all have our preferred authors, it is a matter of personal taste, and in the field of TOC in IT, John Ricketts is one of my favorites."

 

—Philip Marris, CEO, Marris Consulting

 

"One of my favorite interviews of all time and certainly one of the best books written on TOC. I did not know he published a new one. Already saved it and look forward to reading it.

 

P.S. Reaching the Goal is one of those books that I have purchased several times. I gave it away many times and always had an urge to read it again."

 

—Joe Dager, Business Development, Action Research, Lean Marketing

Prologue

 

Part 1: Overview

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Executive Priorities
  • 3. Strategy
  • 4. Information Technology, Computer Software, and Technical Services
  • 5. Constraint Management

Part 2: Technology

  • 6. Hardware
  • 7. Software
  • 8. Data
  • 9. Knowledge
  • 10. Networks
  • 11. Architecture
  • 12. Skills
  • 13. Methodology
  • 14. Projects
  • 15. Processes
  • 16. Portfolio
  • 17. Services

Part 3: Synergy

  • 18. Constraint Management Redux
  • 19. Strategy Redux
  • 20. Conclusion
  • Epilogue

Part 4: Appendices

  • A. Strategy Principles
  • B. Information Principles
  • C. Constraint Principles
  • D. Strategic Decisions