Renaming a glass of water…
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
- Bypass Line
- Safety Valve
Just imagine what would have happened if people from HR, Electrical & Planning depts. would have joined us for lunch?