Begin with the end in mind


I had my phone with me to capture this hilarious sight. It’s a picture of a washroom I recently visited. (For my security reasons, I shall not mention where!) I couldn’t resist the temptation to write a post about this.

Clearly, the door has been fixed first. I believe that the plumber has fitted the rest, with the door opened! I’m guessing, he realized that the door couldn’t be closed, only after completion. Initially, I thought some rectification operation would follow. However, it has been a few weeks, and the state sill remains the same.

Let me analyze this a bit.
Obviously, there must have been a business need, to install an additional toilet.
* Was a feasibility study done?
* Did an architect get involved in the design?
* Was the task deadline so slim, that there wasn’t time to do these things?
* Does project management consider this a 100% complete task? (After all, the plumber completed his “job”.)

I really don’t have any answers to those questions. However, how useful is a toilet, if one can’t close the door? ha ha! So, No the business need wasn’t met.

I didn’t write this post to criticize anyone. I wanted to take this example (incidental gleaning aha) to illustrate the fact that, we usually start something, without giving much thought about the expected end result.

Think Tank : "Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending"
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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2 comments:

Misty said...

Couldn't help but comment. Your "song posts" feature a blurp about perceptions...Lets flip this situation around, guys seem to have no problem peeing in a urinal, which is the most open option there is. Perhaps us women simply take things for granted?

Honestly, have you never peed in your own washroom with the door open? If you had to pee bad enough, would you care?

For me anyway, "bashful" left after my first daughter was born when there were 3 coaches (of my choosing) and about 5 strangers in my delivery room, staring at whatever.

Anonymous said...

I love this. It really gives me something to think about. I've been having a rough time lately, making bad choices and "reaping thr benifits" of these choices...this was a good reminder of what i should be doing before those choices are made. Thank you for your contribution to the world...

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