The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

Pretty interesting book about one manager’s daunting task of saving his plant (and his marriage) from shutting down. He’s struggling to find out what is holding back his firm from being productive until he goes on a hike with his son’s Boy Scout troop. On this hike, he notices that some scouts walk at a faster pace than other uh…portly ones, particularly one who is imaginatively named “Herbie”. Yet no matter how fast the other scouts walk, they still have to wait for Herbie in order for the whole troop to complete the hike. He applies what he learns from this hike to his own plant’s problems and tries to find the “Herbies” in his plant. I had to read this book for an extra credit assignment for my supply chain class and I like it so far. I get a little hung up on some of the plant operation terms, but other than that it’s a pretty easy read. Check it out if you’re interested!

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