Working with Enterprise
“We need you to help us deliver a package, just there, accross the hill”.
That was my first introduction to the project at hand, given to me by the senior manager in a large Enterprise company.
“No problem, Ill just take it there and be back in a few hours”.
The manager looked at me as if I was insane, “I think you don’t understand” he said “we need your *expert* help here”.
“You see, we have a team of five ready to go and we already procured most of the equipment they will require”.
Now I was really getting confused, “Five? Why do you have five people?”. This brought a proud smile to his face, “There is a lot of equipment to carry: camping, food, cooking, etc. After the last attempt, our architects noticed that the team can share things like cooking utensils. So five is enough instead of nine”.
“Of course, its going ot take three days, they need food and shelter.”
“I thought you said the package needs to be delivered just over the hill, why three days?”
“That is simple, with all the equipment they need to carry, it will take at least three days to get there, and we packed for 5 just in case.”
“Wait.. so without the equipment, couldn’t one guy just walk it in one day and be done with it ?
I could feel he felt a bit embarrassed about the next bit “That is true, but I only now got into this project and my predecessor already had the team hired and equipment bought..”
“I see, so why am I here then?”
“Thats where your unique skills are needed, such a big team is legally required to have a medic with them”