And the President said, “It’s Really Good!”


Uhl Pottery Company 1 gallon crock

 

I first saw this story many years ago, but recent events made me look for it.  It apparently dates back to the early 60’s.  But as a wise man once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  It could as well apply to the tower of Babel.

 

from catb.org  SNAFU Principle

 

In the beginning was the plan,
and then the specification;
And the plan was without form,
and the specification was void.

 

And darkness was on the faces of the implementors thereof;
And they spake unto their leader, saying:
“It is a crock of shit,
and smells as of a sewer.”

 

And the leader took pity on them,
and spoke to the project leader:
“It is a crock of excrement,
and none may abide the odor thereof.”

 

And the project leader
spake unto his section head, saying:
“It is a container of excrement,
and it is very strong, such that none may abide it.”

 

The section head then hurried to his department manager,
and informed him thus:
“It is a vessel of fertilizer,
and none may abide its strength.”

 

The department manager carried these words  to his general manager,
and spoke unto him saying:
“It containeth that which aideth the growth of plants,
and it is very strong.”

 

And so it was that the general manager rejoiced
and delivered the good news unto the Vice President.
“It promoteth growth,
and it is very powerful.”

 

The Vice President rushed to the President’s side,
and joyously exclaimed:
“This powerful new software product
will promote the growth of the company!”

 

And the President looked upon the product,
and saw that it was very good.

 

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