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Scotty From Star Trek Commented On Yesterday’s Post

January 5, 2018

Despite the clever title, the truth is, I forgot. I made notes for yesterday’s entry (This Is Why Your Project Manager Lies To You.) And then, I completely ignored my notes. Mr. Scott, Captain Kirk’s chief engineer on the USS Enterprise was in my notes.

Because, it would have been a much better post if I’d remembered the right hook. Mr Scott, the chief engineer for the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Original Series was giving advice to Geordi La Forge, the chief engineer of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Scotty: Do you mind a little advice? Starfleet captains are like children. They want everything right now and they want it their way. But the secret is to give them only what they need, not what they want.

La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I’d have this analysis done in an hour.

Scotty: How long will it really take?

La Forge: An hour!

Scotty: Oh, you didn’t tell him how long it would really take did you?

La Forge: Of course I did!

Scotty: Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. . .and I tried.

What their exchange here.

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