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Renaming a glass of water…

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A friend and I were having lunch in office. Our table only had space for two people to sit on opposite ends. And because of no special reason whatsoever, 4 glasses were kept on the table. Two being used by us and two were left unused.

At this, a colleague, who worked in finance dept. and seated on another table (without glasses), picked up one from our table and teased my friend –

“You are a mechanical engineer, and therefore, maintaining spare capacities.”

My friend got the joke and agreed to the fact.

At this, the Finance guy went ahead and added that it is bad to keep inventories as they are liabilities.

Another one from instrumentation dept. added that, we need to maintain ‘bypass lines & safety valves’ for unforeseen situations.

I am involved with SAP for most of my 8 hours in office & hence enlightened everyone with – “It is all about ‘over-delivery tolerance(s)’.”


So here, in the middle of a simple lunch, a spare glass was christened as following –

  • Spare capacity
  • Liability
  • Bypass Line
  • Safety Valve
  • Over-delivery-Tolerance

Just imagine what would have happened if people from HR, Electrical & Planning depts. would have joined us for lunch?


Written by Dev

March 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Posted in Experiences

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  1. ROFL!
    This is called taking-work-too-seriously! 😀


    March 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  2. @Scorpria
    Yeah. I need my own glass of water now.. 😉


    March 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  3. it shows, how the different people think differently.This may be heads for someone and tails for others.


    March 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm

  4. I am most interested in knowing as to what would have happened if MARKETING team was around


    March 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

  5. @Manoj
    You head/tail analogy is just like coin(s) we all are after… 😉


    March 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  6. @B K Chowla
    Yeah, that would have been interesting & most probably, they would have sold us a few more empty glasses 😉


    March 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  7. @B K Chowla and @Dev,
    As a marketing guy, i love to poke fun at my own profession (ex:, but I don’t think we would have sold you more glasses (that’s our sales colleagues). Instead, we would convince you that an empty glass is better than a full one (less maintenance), that you should immediate fill it (empty glass syndrome) and finally ask if you’d be a reference (glassaholics).



    March 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

  8. @Jonathan
    I seriously missed you at lunch Jonathan 😉


    March 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

  9. With all that terminology – You make me wish for a glass of water for myself!!

    Took me back to the funtimes with friends at work 🙂


    March 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

  10. A glass of water can be looked through various angles? Ne’r knew that? 😉

    Am still thinkin how an HR would look at it? (Need more people so that extra 2 glasses can be utilised)


    March 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  11. @Pujathakur

    Yes. Adequate and ‘sufficient’ manpower deployment 😉


    March 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

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