Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Monday, January 2


A software engineer, a hardware engineer and a departmental manager are driving down a steep mountain road on their way to a meeting when suddenly the brakes on their car fail. Almost out of control, the car careens down the road, bouncing off the crash barriers, until it miraculously grinds to a halt scraping and sparking along the side of the mountain. Shaken but unhurt, the car's occupants now have a problem: they are stuck halfway down a mountain in a car with no brakes. What are they to do?

"I know," says the departmental manager. "Let's have a meeting, propose a vision, formulate a mission statement, define some goals, and by a process of continuous improvement find a solution to the critical problems, and we can be on our way."

"No, no," says the hardware engineer. "That will take far too long, and besides, that method has never worked before. I have my Swiss Army knife with me. In no time at all I can strip down the car's braking system, isolate the fault, fix it, and we can be on our way."

"Well," says the software engineer, "before we do anything, I think we should push the car back up the road and see if it happens again."


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