Questions, questions, questions

Consultant pilot fish is called in by a big sports venue to be project manager for the opening of the new grandstand.

"A critical part of this is the world-class Wi-Fi system that the CEO has been pushing for a year in marketing materials and the press," says fish.

"I met with the IT manager to ask how the Wi-Fi project was going. He said it was a fantastic system that will do this and that and the other thing.

"Then I asked a few specific questions.

"Can it do live TV? No.

"Can it do live betting? No.

"Can we handle the 50,000 people on opening day? No.

"How do people log on? Using Facebook.

"Our customer profile has 85 percent of them over the age of 55. Do you think many of them have Facebook?

"Have you read the CEO's press release describing the system?"

Reports fish, "Owing to a sudden and unexpected family emergency, the IT manager had to take six weeks' leave immediately..."

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