Monday, November 13, 2006

Managing E-learning: Is this the trend?

Last week an acquaintance working in the e-learning industry sent me a joke (from this website) that, he opined, perfectly captured the essence of the project managers in the e-learning industry in India:

A man goes into a pet shop to buy a parrot. The shop owner points to three identical looking parrots on a perch and says, "the parrot on the left costs 500 dollars".

"Why does the parrot cost so much," asks the man.The shop owner says, "well, the parrot knows how to use a computer".

The man then asks about the next parrot to be told that this one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system.

Naturally, the increasingly startled man asks about the third parrot to be told that it costs 2,000 dollars. Needless to say this begs the question, "What can it do?"

To which the shop owner replies, "to be honest I have never seen it do a thing, but the other two call him boss!"


Naresh said...


A great one indeed.

Dan said...

Too good!!! I love that simile.

R. S. said...

The joke fits today incompetent Project Managers in e-learning. Heard that in organizations like Genpact and NIIT the project managers indulge in too much of politicking that makes these places really bad to work.

BK said...

Good one

Mousumi Ghosh said...
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Mousumi Ghosh said...

Good one! I went through most of your blogs. And somewhere I feel you make bold statements in a subtle way. Must say that's quite an art.