"The Plan" OR How Y2K schedules become overly optimistic

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The Plan (author unknown)

In the beginning there was a remediation plan

And then came the assumptions

And the assumptions were without form

And the plan was completely without substance

And darkness was upon the faces of the workers

And they spoke unto their group leaders saying,

"It is a crock of shit and it stinketh"

And the group leaders went unto their section heads and sayeth,

"It is a pail of dung and none may abide by it"

And the section heads went unto the managers and sayeth unto them,

"It is a container of excrement and it is very strong such that none may abide by it"

And each manager went to his director and sayeth unto him,

"It is a vessel of fertilizer and none may abide its strength"

And each director went unto his general manager and sayeth,

"It contains that which aids plant growth and it is very strong"

And each general manager went to his vice-president and sayeth unto him,

"It promoteth growth and it is very powerful"

And each VP went unto the president and sayeth unto him,

"This powerful new plan will actively promote the growth and compliance of the company!"

And the president looked upon the plan and saw that it was good.

-- a (a@a.a), January 14, 1999


AHaahahhaaa..too too funny...love it!

-- Other Lisa (LisaWard2@aol.com), January 14, 1999.

Woof-woof. Coolness.

-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), January 14, 1999.



-- jhollander (hollander@ij.net), January 14, 1999.

I would laugh MUCH harder if it weren't for the fact that I have participated in just such a cycle too many times!!!!!!

cr who got OUT of the IT business and keeps being followed around by it!!

-- Chuck, night driver (rienzoo@en.com), January 15, 1999.

A golden oldie! One of my favourites. Have you heard about the six stages of a project?

I: Enthusiasm II: Disillusionment III: Panic IV: Search for the Guilty V: Punishment of the Innocent VI: Rewards and Honors for the Blamethrowers

Lest anyone think this is merely a joke and does not reflect reality on large, important projects, let me state that I have personally witnessed all six stages on more than one major defence contract. They don't always collapse this way but it happens more than you might think.

-- YourFullName (email@ddr.ess), January 15, 1999.

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