Web 2.0 at work, chapter 1:The Meeting

A while back, Sangeetha Kodithala (@skodithala ) told me that Slacker’s dilemma turned out to be a useful comic to introduce Web 2.0 to n00bs in companies. Now, why someone would want to do that is questionable, but what she did do is give me ammunition for a series of “visual guides” to Web 2.0, as is relevant to companies internally. So here’s the first one:

Feel free to use it liberally to misinform and confuse employees in your firm about the serendipitous architecture of viral participatory wisdom of crowds that is Web 2.0

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  1. That’s just the kind of pun that Monsieur.Srivats would do.. bravo.

    and i loved the lagna putting for meeting requests. very auspicious.

  2. Since meeting room unavailabel.. i making bokking of five star hotel conferance room with swimming pool attached..

    SIncerely,
    manager
    on deputation from heaven

  3. Brilliant!

    But I couldn’t help observing one thing: your names seem to have sufficient regional diversity and representation for women. What about also adding a “Blah Khan” and “Blah Thomas” to the recipe next time to make it a genuine melting pot? Or is there some other reason?

    1. “Or is there some other reason?”

      The reason, as I suspect, is that he wasn’t thinking about religion when he wrote the blog.
      Good thing too, because annoying, trying-to-be-politically-correct people like you will only cause the quality to go down.

  4. Like the escalation mechanism from Mails to cell phones.
    I see “please do the needful & revert back with concerns if any” has become #kvlt.

  5. And nice “Remember the time” reference! It’d be nice if one could disappear from meetings as well, Michael Jackson style, turning into sand. πŸ˜‰

  6. I am working on a Sunday night ( through the whole weekend).
    So you can imagine how spiritually refreshing it was to read this post while I make pointless PPTs on cor-blah-ate strategy and blah-rket aspirations.

  7. Wooow!!

    I can get the full essence of this as I had prev experience of booking conf rooms for meetings!!

    We dont book/reserve these days, we just chek each room manually (walking past them!!) and occupy one of them. Then call others team members!!

    & Location will be: Any Conf Room in the MS Outlook meeting request!!

    Hmmmm. hilarious one form u as usual!!! πŸ™‚

  8. Hilarious post Ashok. Will corporate ‘s policy allow twitter? So many thing’s in the world are changing. why corporates are so rigid in holding policies for a long time?

  9. Couldn’t stop laughing for a loooooong time… πŸ™‚

    Why is it that meeting rooms are always named after rivers?
    Ashok: Rivers flow. Thoughts flow. Rivers confluence. Thoughts conference. Rivers meet and cause fertility. People meet at conferences and cause futility

  10. @Ashok u forgot to mention the petervuttifying pasang

    The who welcomes all and the Shuts TFU the duration of the meeting..

    and later again thanks one and all
    Ashok: Ah yes, the “facilitator”, but this was way too much detail for this post. Perhaps a full “anatomical dissection of an office meeting” later

  11. Krish –

    Your posts always make me smile.

    Loved this one.

    I love the old plog “Loose Mani & Lighter of Beedis”. Read it every time I visit your blog. Cant help grinning even now. πŸ™‚

    Thanks man !!

    SR
    Ashok: Thanks sir πŸ™‚

  12. Totally floored! Can I schedule a comment for every posting, stating I loved it?
    Ashok: Thank you, but what if I end up writing a post about blog commenters and how they do silly things like this? πŸ˜›

  13. Where are the Blamits in the meeting? Are they the “ones who really do work” ???????

    BTW ..why is all this stuff floating around websphere for free?… it is high time you published a book …so that we can buy the pirated copies off the streets near central station.
    I never tire from reading these posts… you have been so ahead of times in the 2007 posts.
    Also, it is copyright violation if I post links to this on my FB page…want to spread the good word around
    Ashok: No problems with sharing on FB at all. As for a book, not made up my mind yet. I dislike editors, so I am mulling self-publishing straight to the pirates (forget deadtree, Kindle, iPad etc)

  14. *that was “Is it copyright violation to post links on my FB page….” unarchi vasapattu “it is” pottuten

  15. KA – One non related doubt. Have you created the icons which appear beside the name for people without photos in the comments section? I strongly suspect it is your work πŸ˜›
    Ashok: It’s not πŸ™‚ It’s a WordPress feature for commenters who don’t have defined avatars

  16. Conference room β€œSaraswathi … shifted to basement. Not available” is absolutely brilliant. πŸ™‚
    I don’t think The Blogeswari will take kindly to your β€œBlaheswari” reference.
    Ashok:Ah, so someone finally spots that πŸ™‚ Actually, I just needed an obligatory south indian girl name with Blah and nothing else came to mind πŸ™‚

  17. hai ashok,

    gr8 post as always , i guess u shld make a dedicated jilpa post on coporate meeting and etiquette , would be gr8 fun,

    cheers
    santhosh

  18. Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati – brilliant πŸ˜€

    Hilarious post. Can related to the conference booking job being assigned as a ‘role’ for new, junior members of the team.

    On an unrelated note, like the equal importance given to both forms of Iyengar naamam. πŸ˜‰

  19. Btw I have noticed that in all your posts related to work, you never miss mentioning “revert back” (and of course some comment asking you to rectify and your explanation that in IT we only revert back). Can you include some more like “Could you able to login” , “I can able to take the call at 4PM” etc. I am so so sick of this “I can able to”. I am afraid I will end up saying this soon.

    1. Oh yess.. my sentiments exactly… I remember a new error message ” User cant able to select XXX” was delivered once. The reactions from the Gora Lords was of course, as expected.

  20. Absobrillorolfmaosooper! Can totally relate to almost everything in the image.

    Though the MoM template had more tables than a 7th standard Tables Book!

    Believe it or not, the HR at a friend’s company had a meeting to address the non-availability of meeting rooms for the delivery teams. After 2 hrs of “discussion” they decided to allocate the times on an 80:20 basis. Last heard, 80% of the meeting rooms were being used by the 20% of the organization who were *not* into delivery!

    BTW, why is it marked ‘Beta’? Isn’t that also too web 1.0?

  21. “A/S/L Pls”

    “Guys, this is serious please”

    LOL.

    Soora kalaai.

    What software you use to write the texts and draw these images? The text looks really good, like a pencil writing.
    Ashok: Photoshop and the fonts used are Scott and Akbar

  22. “J41s4_dud3” ==> Is this Jalsa Dude? or Jalsa Duddathri?

    Laguna: Dhanush. Any reason behind this?
    Ashok: Nope. Totally random choice.

  23. Also, 22/7/10 is a Thursday. Rahu Kaalam is from 1.30 to 3 PM on Thursdays πŸ˜›
    Is this one of the easter eggs you leave in all your posts? Have I stumbled upon one?

  24. Meeting Minutes: We spoke

    Crazy stuff!

    Shenoy is right – You must be one of the funniest guys on the planet (along with Anand)

  25. Even though I have been a computer science student in different capacities for the last 10 years, I never really understood of what the term “Web 2.0” meant. As a computer science graduate from Anna Univ, I understand dabba diagrams better πŸ™‚ . I thank you for these Web 2.0 Dabba diagrams. I only hope that in the future when someone is searching for an explanation to web 2.0, the search engine returns this blog as the first result!!!

  26. Brilliant stuff as always. “Please do the needful and revert back with concerns if any” is a plague and must be killed with fire.

  27. Oh Man.. this post is really cool… took me back to the days i used to sit and book the meeting rooms for the so called KT sessions and status meetings… wait in the meeting room for the attendees to come.. call up their desks till they turn up.. this is exactly wat happens in every company…. jus enjoyed every bit of it πŸ™‚

  28. Have you watched “The Office”? πŸ™‚ Its got an american version and english version. My cousins and I always wanted an “Indian Office” … Your posts are going that way πŸ™‚

  29. ROTFL absolutely brilliant, outstanding, strategic, superbly leveraged, words fail me, only gibberish coming :)!!!

    The cartoons are special mention!

  30. OMG I completely identify with the booking conference room part! Dayum! I should’ve waited for Google Wave to come before I left the goddamn IT company.

  31. Hi Ashok,
    I’ve been following your blog on and off for a few months, and thoroughly enjoy them. This one speaks to me on so many levels I had to comment. I used to work in Chennai a long time ago (85 – 90) and there wasn’t a meeting culture like this per se. I work in the US now, and it’s amazing how much meetings here are similar…
    Another thing I’ve noticed is I never heard this ‘revert back’ thing back in the 80s and was taken aback when I kept hearing it from our offshore team.
    Hilarious post!
    If you’re seriously interested though in having useful meetings, ‘Death by Meetings’ by Patrick Lencioni is a must-read.
    Thanks for the laughs!
    sri

  32. Careful with the publicity. Blah Menon might ask you to print this out and hand a copy to each to the noobies.

    What’s with the “Beta” btw?
    Ashok: Everything in Web 2.0 is perpetually beta

  33. The very #epicworsest people are the ones that send no response when you send a meeting invite

    Accept : Will come to meeting after 10 urgent sms, 2 visit to cube and 7 phone calls- is reachable

    Reject: Self explanatory ( I dont like you. I wont accept. But at least tell me why)

    Suggest new time : Looks like that person is a) busy and doing work on other meetings or b) matinee show will not be over by then

    Out of office : either gone to wife’s sister’s wedding or to some pujai which we describe to goras as ‘family function’

    But, when there is NO bloody response, what is one to think?

  34. “booked by HR” … “gentle reminder” … “revert back” …. the blahlisted attendees in raavu kaalam …. LOL πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Ashok,

    Great post!! Nothing less than masterful.
    I’ve been a fan of your blog since I stumbled across your Moosee de Louvre post quite by accident. Somehow I find myself going through your archives every time I feel down. Its nothing less than social service I tell you. Making people laugh.
    Dunno whether it’s a coincidence, but I see your work pop up at unexpected places online. Just an hour back I happened to be reading the comments on Aamir Khans blog and Voila! There you are. Your video on the Chetan Bhagat controversy is commented upon by the man himself.
    You are becoming a celebrity in your own right.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.. for, without you cyberspace would be dull indeed.

    Puneetha

  36. Loved the MoM template! πŸ™‚
    I will try to introduce it at my work place. Anyway, it is not something new. Don’t we generally say “the project went all wrong probably it was started in some yama gandam or rahu kalam”?
    hehe… πŸ™‚
    And, the “booked by HR…” is so true. Actually, you could have added another “… for reasons they dont remember”!

  37. LOL!!… the usefulness of useless meetings especially for those useless ppl who get billed for no useful work other than running useless meeting.. A guide course 101 πŸ˜›

  38. ROFL! this is so totally like the meetings during my brief stint in an IT company.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Especially loved the minutes of the meeting πŸ˜›

  39. ROFL “Reverse mitosis”
    haha i’ve been following your blog closely, and pretty much all my recent tweets consist of funny stuff from your posts.
    keep posting! updaaate!

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