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A consulting tragedy in five limericks

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The consultant said, “be assured,
my motives are totally pure.
I guarantee
my inflated fee
is well worth my ‘best practice’ cure.”

Although it was too much to pay,
this argument carried the day:
consultants hired
can always be fired
and assigned much of the blame.

After the contract was signed,
only then did the client find
the solution bought
would definitely not
help leave their troubles behind.

Cos’ the truth was plain to see,
the ‘best practice’ methodology
had only led
to the overhead
of a ponderous bureacracy.

The shock, the horror, the pain-
all that money and effort in vain,
but the tragedy
is the powers that be
would do it all over again.

Written by K

September 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm

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  1. I LOVE IT. Somebody told me once that a consultant was somebody you paid to ask you the questions you agreed to have asked, and put your answers in a booklet as thick (in both the phisycal sense and the “readibility” level) as their fees.



    September 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    • This tweet sized poem is spot on about the reality of silver bullet consulting based on best practices. You can take it one step further when a consultant is thrown under the bus since the shared understanding of the wicked problem was skipped in favor of the best practice methodology.



      September 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  2. Chicho, Thinkbravelykellogg – thanks for your comments; glad you liked it! I think you share some of the frustration I have in dealing with a certain kind of consultant 😉





    September 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  3. Fantastic!!! Bravo.


    Shim Marom

    September 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

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