The Beer Game
Shortly after I started as my work a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, I joined the Biomedical Computing Interest Group, and co-founded the BCIG Book Club. I really enjoyed reading many of the books that my colleagues suggested, but one of the few that I did not recognize as worth reading was “The Fifth Discipline“.
Time heals, and occasionally it even teaches, so today I was interested to read about “The Beer Game“. It is worth following the link and reading the full story, but I want you to know that it is not really about beer.
The case is about the importance of communication in business and team work. Common sense, I guess, but common sense is surprisingly rare. And I can see now why The Fifth Discipline included this case, albeit in a section that I did not read far enough to get to, as it fits with the book’s message on communication.
Better late than never.