• The Bottleneck Rules: How to Get More Done (When Working Harder Isn't Working)

  • By: Clarke Ching
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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Working hard, but still can't keep up?  

This short, insightful book will teach you how to speed up at work by slowing down, looking at your workplace slightly differently, then thinking a little.  

Spoiler Alert

The world's best manufacturers have known the secret for decades: Every workplace, big or small, has one resource that is slower than the rest. It’s called the bottleneck. Find it, speed it up, and your entire workplace speeds up.  

The problem is that although this secret is well known inside manufacturing, it's been hidden from the rest of us, deep inside complicated manufacturing texts and sophisticated computer algorithms. Until now, that is. Clarke Ching, author of Rolling Rocks Downhill, has spent the last 20 years adapting and simplifying manufacturing's techniques so that everyone can use them, no matter where they work.  

In this book, he reveals the surprisingly simple process - called the FOCCCUS Formula - that you can use to find your bottleneck, then manage it. The book takes roughly 90 minutes to listen to, and most listeners figure out where their bottleneck is before they've finished. Listen to The Bottleneck Rules today, and you'll start running faster tomorrow.

©2018 Clarke Ching (P)2018 Clarke Ching

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Through intro of TOC

This is a great short introduction to the Theory of Constraints. It is something I can use with my team to start a strategic look at our business as a whole instead of just as the sum of it's parts.

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Great book

Great book and will help me be more productive in life. And I need 5 more words to be able to post this so... Done.

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Find out about bottlenecks and how to tame them

Clarke has written an important book here and the audiobook is less than 2 hours.

Many people don't think about bottlenecks in their daily work. We often fall into the trap of "that's how we've always done it." But with customer expectations increasing, it pays to think about how to reduce the time it takes to meet customer demand, and bottlenecks are a good place to start. When you wait for something it is often that it is stuck in a bottleneck somewhere rather than being actively worked on . Making individuals work harder and faster is really hard. Try getting a 10% performance increase in the speed your kids do the dishes. Resolving bottlenecks can be much easier and performance gains much greater but first you have to find them.

In this concise book Clarke makes good use of examples of bottlenecks that we see every day as well as some more complex business examples. He explains different types of bottlenecks, how to find them and what to do about them.

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simple, concise, effective.

This book is short, sweet and to the point. Simple and clear explanations that are easily transferred into everyday life.

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  • Craig McPheat
  • 05-03-20

5*

Ching does it again, for fans of Rolling Rocks Downhill, The Goal, ToC. Really like how it's brought to life through storytelling, and can also highly recommend the regular podcast.

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  • Ian Heptinstall
  • 05-03-20

Practical introduction to improvement

Clarke Ching does a great job at showing how the powerful ideas of TOC that Goldratt introduced can be used by all of us, in our day-day activities. Of course TOC has the greatest impact when applied system-wide, but that is not the focus of this book.

It is also a risk when you suggest reworking something like the 5 Focusing Steps of TOC, into the more memorable FOCCCUS formula. I prefer the even simpler FOCUS variant that I came across via David Hodes. But that is a minor comment. If a nice mnemonic helps introduce the powerful ideas of TOC to more people, I'm all for it.

Overall it is a readable introduction to process improvement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-20

waste of time

I loved "The Goal" and can't recommend it enough. this feel like a bit of a knock off, says similar and even in a similar way. nothing new. rather invest in The Goal.