The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

by

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

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Dave Rogo Character Analysis

Dave is Alex and Julie’s young son and Sharon’s brother. Because of his career, Alex struggles to spend time with Dave. However, when Dave takes Alex on the Boy Scout overnight hike, Alex realizes that the hikers (who all hike at different speeds and thus delay one another) symbolize his manufacturing process, and that he can use them as a model for how to work with bottlenecks in the factory. As Alex learns to manage his plant better, he also starts spending more time with Dave and inviting him to help him solve theoretical problems at the plant.

Dave Rogo Quotes in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement quotes below are all either spoken by Dave Rogo or refer to Dave Rogo . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The North River Press edition of The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement published in 1984.
Chapter 13 Quotes

Our hike is a set of dependent events…in combination with statistical fluctuations. Each of us is fluctuating in speed, faster and slower. But the ability to go faster than average is restricted. It depends upon all the others ahead of me in line. So even if I could walk five miles per hour, I couldn’t do it if the boy in front of me could only walk two miles per hour. And even if the kid directly in front of me could walk that fast, neither of us could do it unless all the boys in the line were moving at five miles per hour at the same time.

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Dave Rogo , Jonah
Related Symbols: The Hikers
Page Number: 100
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 19 Quotes

“Alex, tell your children what’s bothering you,” my mother says, “It affects them too.”

I look at the kids and realize my mother’s right.

Related Characters: Alex’s Mother (speaker), Alex Rogo (speaker), Dave Rogo , Sharon Rogo
Page Number: 149
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dave Rogo Character Timeline in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The timeline below shows where the character Dave Rogo appears in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
The Importance of Goal-Setting Theme Icon
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...Saturday morning, Alex lies in bed next to Julie, who is still asleep. His son, Dave, is standing in front of him in his Boy Scout uniform, reminding Alex that he... (full context)
Chapter 14
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The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
A few kids, including Dave, notice Alex and his matches and bowls. Alex tells them that he’s inventing a game... (full context)
Working with Constraints Theme Icon
...each boy is, the more each other boy’s low dice rolls affect him. Even if Dave and Evan, the last two boys in the line, roll high, they can never move... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Working with Constraints Theme Icon
Ineffective vs. Effective Business Metrics Theme Icon
...of two miles per hour. As they make camp and settle in for the night, Dave asks Alex how he knew to reorganize, and Alex shares what he learned on the... (full context)
Chapter 16
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When Alex and Dave get home the next afternoon, the house is empty. Dave finds a note on the... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Monday starts terribly. Dave and Sharon try to make breakfast but make a huge mess instead. Alex drops them... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Working with Constraints Theme Icon
Efficiency vs. Optimization Theme Icon
That evening, Alex comes home to find his mother with Sharon and Dave, cooking dinner. Sharon tells Alex that Julie called but wouldn’t tell them where she is.... (full context)
Chapter 19
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The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
Alex eats dinner with his mother, Dave, and Sharon. Noticing that Alex is distressed, his mother encourages him to share his problems... (full context)
Chapter 26
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The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...when he explains it to her, she asks if she can help. Alex agrees, and Dave decides to join them. Thinking back to the hikers, Alex asks how they would keep... (full context)
Working with Constraints Theme Icon
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...pace, they could make Herbie, the slowest, a drummer to whom everyone marches in time. Dave suggests they tie a rope to everyone to stop anyone from falling ahead or behind.... (full context)
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The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...plant. They will try to regulate the speed of their system, just like Sharon and Dave suggested, but using computers and data instead of ropes and drums. Alex thinks back to... (full context)
Chapter 30
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The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...to stop paying attention to her like he does now. But she also knows that Dave and Sharon need their mom and dad at home; raising them and being together seem... (full context)