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Monday, June 13, 2011

A Tribute to Eli Goldratt

This weekend a true pioneer in process and business improvement passed away. From the Goldratt-TOC website:

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Eli Goldratt the founder of TOC. Eli passed away on 11 June 2011.

"I smile and start to count on my fingers: One, people are good. Two, every conflict can be removed. Three, every situation, no matter how complex it initially looks, is exceedingly simple. Four, every situation can be substantially improved; even the sky is not the limit. Five, every person can reach a full life. Six, there is always a win-win solution. Shall I continue to count?"

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt 1947- 2011

The Goal was one of the first books I read early in my career.  I highly recommend this book for anyone involved in process improvement. 

In a tribute to Eli Goldratt I thought I would share some posts I did highlighting his teachings:

Lean Quote: Change: Isn't it Obvious 
Do you know how to handle your constraint?
Lean Quote: The Bottleneck 
The Eight Wastes of NPD 
Is it the End of an Era or Just another Lesson? 

Even though this Guru has passed his lessons will continue for generations.  Who could forget the lessons of "Herbie" and that of problem solving.  

How did Eli impact your Lean thinking? Share you story here.

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