My students and everyone in my office know me: I’m a HUGE fan of Dilbert. There is rarely a lecture for which I do not have a Dilbert cartoon which shows the daily life of an engineer in as few as 3 cartoons. Humor is a good way to reflect behaviour and to have a laugh, so usually I tell every week a fun story to the class. I collect fun stories from students, from my family, my peers, or from my life as teacher, researcher and engineer.
And here I share my newest fun story (a video this time): An engineer as ‘expert’ in a business/requirement meeting. The task is simple: create seven red lines. But the twist is that these lines must be perpendicular…
Guess who is the engineer in the video below?
The sketch was written and directed by Lauris Beinerts and is based on the (Russian language) short story, “The Meeting,” by Alexey Berezin.
I’m under the pain of sleep deprivation in preparation for a conference in the US I’m going to attend next week. But that video made my day (well night :-)).
Happy Experting 🙂
PS: I have seen all aspects of that video in real meetings. I just had one this week 😉
One of my best friends is a business guy. He never “got” Dilbert.
Didn’t understand or find it funny. That pretty much says it all.
my funny story around Dilbert is that I knew a person which was somewhat like the ‘pointy haired boss’: he found the Dilberts funny, but did not realize that it was like a mirror :-).
This reminds me of my research meetings, only everyone in the meetings were supposed to be experts.
Jajaja. For a moment I thought that was where I work.
I have felt identified with the expert. 🙂
that is a wonderful video. I have felt just like that guy at many a meeting with marketing types.
me Too!!! LOL
this is so true! it’s almost painfully true sometimes! oh how i have encountered this many times..dealing with business type idiots, they’re in business positions cause they don’ have the brains or math skills for engineering or development roles…