Problems in Project Management

Why the military services have trouble communicating

  General Joe Whigham is ordered by the Secretary of Defense to gather
  together a Navy Lieutenant and Captains from the Army, Marine Corps, 
  and Air Force to discover why the services have trouble communicating 
  with each other.  He begins by saying that their first project task is 
  to "secure" a certain building, and asks each of them to go home and 
  prepare a list of steps for the project management plan and bring them 
  to the meeting the next morning.

 The Navy Lieutenant calls his Master Chief and says:
     Tell those swabs to:
	 -- Unplug the coffeepots
	 -- Turn off the computers
	 -- Turn out the lights
	 -- Lock the doors and leave the building unoccupied

 The Army Captain has his list in his notepad:
 	-- Assemble the company
 	-- Appoint guard mount and Sergeant of the Guard
 	-- Take control of all exits
 	-- Make sure no one gets into the building without a pass

 The Marine Corps Captain writes down her steps on palm of her hand:
 	-- Assemble the platoon and supplies
 	-- Approach the building along three axes
 	-- Bring the building under mortar and SAW fire
 	-- Assault the building under covering fire
 	-- Sequester surviving prisoners
 	-- Establish lanes of fire
 	-- Prepare artillery calls
 	-- Repel counterattacks

 The Air Force Captain types his list into his laptop:
 	-- Contact real estate agent
 	-- Negotiate 1-year lease
 	-- Be sure to get option to buy

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