If all you’ve got is a hammer,
nearly everything looks like a nail.
There are no problems we cannot solve together,
and very few we can solve by ourselves.
— Lyndon B. Johnson
These quotes make sense in light of the objectives of this chapter — how can a company know that it has problems? This chapter discusses using an assessment of the supply chain so a company does not just go around with a hammer looking for nails — and so employees can work together to solve supply chain problems.
In a word, an assessment of the supply chain can be conducted, but what will the assessment tell? Why is an assessment ...