Too many cooks spoil the broth.

@ssh123 (31100)
India
January 20, 2007 5:48am CST
This is a proverb meaning to say, a job which can be done by one competitive person, many people are assigned to do it and ultimately is job is undone or spoiled. Can you narrate one experience of yours on the above said proverb?
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@kritipen (4083)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I agree with you. This happens most of the times. Too many experts have too many opinions and they are quite strong about their opinions. Some time they are even egoistic. So finally the job never gets done. I can relate to this very well because I had this experience because I had a very similar experience in the recent past. We started a new project (IT Project) 8 months back for a new client. Since the client has lot of potential for future business with us, all higher level Mgmt got involved. So the saga of failure started. They brought in experts from 5 groups to ensure that we get good inputs and we deliver high fi stuff. All these 5 experts brought in 5 assistants with them who are also experts. Then to managem all this Mgmt brought in new concept called EMO and then added 3 top level and 2 middle level managers. All this to heavy structure is just to manage 20 developers. As you can pretty much guess every on started pulling the strings from their own direction and we ended up delivering productivity of 10 people out of 45 odd people and finally what we delivered was not what customer wanted. We closed the project with hude losses and loss of oprtunity and mainly loss of credibility. Real horrible situation we ended up.
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
28 Jan 07
Very lengthy response with very good example which is really educative for one and all. Thanks for taking part in this discussion topic.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
28 Jan 07
Very interesting and educative response indeed. It is pain to learn due to someone's mistake, the project incurred losses. This is happening all over the world and it goes unnoticed. Thanks for sensible, meaningful response.
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
22 Jan 07
This happens because every cook thinks that they know best. No one wants to listen to the other's idea. This happens in offices most of the time because everyone wants to comeup to show their colours without thinking about the job and why the job is necessary. If this attitude of people can be changed, we will be a better nation.
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
22 Jan 07
Very well said. Sometimes it is due to bosses who are confused, they assign one job to be done by several people.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
28 Jan 07
Your response has been given the BR
• India
21 Jan 07
i was faced it in home during cooking area . i was with my laws .about 25 person was there on that day . my mother in law said ok u make paneer with potato curry . i went to the kicthen and started my cooking . my husband elder brother's wife joined me, after that sis-law joined . everybody have own opinion or suggestion, i did according to them . i was there for long time so i said take care of it and than go . and i think everyone said the same and leave it in a hand of maid . when we sit for dinner we found that panner is completely massed with potato and utimately all come to know that i was making this .
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@ssh123 (31100)
• India
21 Jan 07
Very well narrated in a literal sense. Normally this proverb is used when many people are assigned for a job which can be conveniently done by a single person or two.
@rladiga00 (1166)
• India
6 Feb 07
If a particular work requires only one person, if too many people muddle with it, then the work gets spoiled. Each one with different idea may spoil the work.
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