Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis

Three Monks

A young monk lives a simple and peaceful life in a temple on the top of a hill. He has one daily task that irks him: he has to haul two buckets of water up the hill. He tries to share the job with another monk who comes to the temple later, but the carrying pole the monks use is only long enough for one bucket. The arrival of a third monk prompts everyone to expect that someone else will take on the chore. Consequently, no one fetches water though everybody is thirsty.

Moral: We could expect this situation in a system analysis team. The manager wants to speed up the processes to catch the deadline. He would hire more people to reach his goal, the result may be much slower or the project will never be done.

These stories are adapted examples written in my class, IS 6840 (formerly MSIS 488).
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