The Death of a Guru: Eli Goldratt
Yesterday we lost a legendary guru in the field of continuous improvement, Eli Goldratt (1948 – 2011). Goldratt is most famous for the creation of the Theory of Constraints. His landmark book, The Goal, is something that every single person trying to improve any process should read. Over 3 million copies were sold.
The Goal was the first business novel I’ve ever read. It was wonderfully written, and introduced concepts in a very accessible way, and helped expand people’s thinking around process management. Even characters in the book became converted into operational concepts, such as Herbie.
Goldratt’s ideas will live on, and his contributions to the world will not be forgotten. Here you can see just some of his contributions.