One of the enlightening parts of the novel is ‘The Theory of Constraints’ aka the bottle neck. That unless you improve the efficiency of the bottle neck, all other improvements are moot. Additionally, the book highlight the value of planned work and the challenges of unplanned work, which I would equate to Stephen Covey’s time management strategy of focusing on what is ‘Important but Not-Urgent’ versus the Urgent, if you want to make real productivity gains.
The novel is current day version of The Goal: An Ongoing Process ofImprovement by Eliyahu Goldratt. The Goal is a legendary business novel written 30 years ago on implementing process improvements for business and manufacturing, through a fictional story. I enjoyed The Project Phoenix so, much that I downloaded The Goal on Audible.