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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 12:10 PM
Sadly, this joke is not that funny as we've seen almost to the T, examples of it left and right...my company is currently in envelope #2 on a multi year, multi million dollar project...


A guy walks into day one of his new job at an IT organization. Goes to his office, opens the desk drawer and sees three envelopes and a typed letter.

The letter was from his predecessor and was a very nicely written letter saying that he just wanted to offer some assistance in his new job. The letter stated that when he was called into the boss’ office for an ass chewing that he was to first open envelope number one.

And then when the second and consequently third meetings rolled around, to do the same with envelopes two and three.

The new guy thought that was very nice of his predecessor and put the envelopes away.

A few weeks go by, the big project has stalled and the boss needs an update and is rumored to not be very happy…so the new guy opens envelope one, which says “blame your predecessor for lack of progress.”

The new guy promptly does this in his meeting and the boss buys it.

A few weeks go by, the big project still has not gotten off the ground and is way over budget, the boss wants another update, new guy opens envelope two, which says “say that you inherited this project and that it was messed up from the beginning and that you need to go back to square one with some new technology.” Sheepishly this is what he reported to the boss and surprisingly the boss buys it and approves the new budget.

A few weeks go by and another update needed…our new guy opens envelope number three which says, “get three envelopes…”

 
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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 01:10 PM
Heineken - this is sadly humourous. Humourous because it sounds insane, sad because it is a true situation that exists in IT world. I've pulled that 3rd envelope out a few times.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2008 at 02:01 PM
This one's been out there awhile, probably another urban myth....

A number of years back, IBM was in final interviews for a new CFO, and down to 4 finalists.
Each went before the board for a final interview, at which time each was asked only one question, to wit: How much is two plus two?

First 3 guys answer, "four."

Last guy says, "How much do you want it to be?" He got the job.

 
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