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Bureaucracy Illustrated

Another post from another blog. This one is circa 2008

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“Enter the Bureaucrat”, A play in three acts by supernaut
The players:M: Me
T: My Team Lead
P1: A peer Project Manager from another group
P2: P1′s boss
P3: P2′s boss

Act 1
M is sitting at his desk, working away to glory. His head is slightly bent forwards, reading the mail from P1.
P1, Voice Over: We need XYZ presentation from you ASAP, for presenting to Big Boss (P3).
M: (Email narration as he typeth): When exactly do you want it? “ASAP” means different things to different people.
P1, Voice Over: Can we have it tomorrow please
M (Email narration as he typeth): Yes

Act 2, the next day
M is sitting at his desk, working away to glory.
Enter P1: I discussed the presentation with my boss, P2. I believe it needs ABC changes. Actually P3 wanted this information, so it has to be accurate. And we need it urgently.
M: Ok, T will do it.
P1: Thanks.
Exit P1

T, Voice Over – Email narration as he typeth: P1, Here is the presentation you requested.

Enter P1: M, This presentation is excellent. But P3 actually wanted a single-page document
M: Then why did you ask us to work on this presentation? We ignored our other work to do this “ASAP”
P1: The presentation was needed so that P2 could understand what’s the document
M: Ok, I’ll get it done
Exit P1T, Voice Over – Email narration as he typeth: P1, Here is the document you requested

Act 3 (Next Monday – As crazy as any Monday can be)
M is sitting at his desk, working away to glory
Enter P1: P2 discussed the document with me, frankly he is not happy with it.
M: Why, what is it that he did not like
P1: He says it’s too brief, we need to put more information into it
M: But P3 wanted only 1 page…

P1: Yes, but although it has to be concise, it should also include all the relevant information and supportings with it.

M, Sarcastically, to himself: Ok, I’ll use a 6pt font
(Rest of the proceedings are censored in public interest)
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