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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Dependent events are consecutive events in a system that directly affect one another. Every subsequent stage in a manufacturing system is a dependent event, since one cannot be completed until all the prior stages have been completed.

Dependent Events Quotes in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement quotes below are all either spoken by Dependent Events or refer to Dependent Events. For each quote, you can also see the other terms 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
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Dependent Events Term Timeline in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The timeline below shows where the term Dependent Events appears in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
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...balanced plant might be appealing in theory, since expenses are kept to a minimum, “ dependent event s” (stages of a process that can’t begin before the stage before it completes) and... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...they walk, Alex thinks about Julie and his conversation with Jonah about statistical fluctuations and dependent event s. In Alex’s mind, such fluctuations should average themselves out. For instance, while he’s hiking,... (full context)
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...hikers spreads out and slows down again. He realizes that each hiker is essentially a dependent event whose speed fluctuates up and down. Whenever someone slows down for a step or two,... (full context)
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...these sorts of fluctuations create problems in the plant, since each machine is like a dependent event ; it must wait for the machine before it to finish its work before it... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...Alex suggests that they should be able to see his point about statistical fluctuations and dependent event s in action, so he makes a chart predicting the output and average fluctuations and... (full context)