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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bullshit bingo and challenge CP

Was J.A.P. playing this IT-focused one? Or was it this easy one?

I am talking about bullshit or buzzword bingo. It's a game which has been made for corporate meetings. However, the place perhaps it's most applicable is in a B-school campus.

The value-added pressure tests that we had to get our arms around in class made us feel like we're trying to drink from a fire-hose. Basically, the pain points that were leveraged consisted of putting all simple questions in the parking lot, displaying an unwillingness to peel the onion, keeping all the low-hanging fruits away and showing an insistence on boiling the ocean while keeping at the 30,000 feet level. We felt that we were trying to build the racecar while driving it, which didn't give us enough at-bats to really test the efficacy of our potential. Thus, we could never get to the same page as the teacher. Pushback was difficult.

Fair point, often the jargon was necessary, but the sheer number of moving parts which the teacher used to crank out from his back-pocket was mind-boggling. We would often ask a few quick questions to check the box, but any deep dives were difficult. I would have wanted more fleshing out and less gold plating. However, that would have required a sea-change...

Okay, you get the idea.

Particular classes actually resembled the two paragraphs above. Hence, we invented our own game. Called Challenge CP (class participation). Where we would put 5 words down on paper and passed it around. Either we would write the player's name down on the paper, or we'll keep passing it around till the Prof stopped talking. The moment the player was ready (or when the next break in speech happened), the player would speak out a sentence using all 5 words.

A friend once had a crack on Rambo, Bazooka, Titanic, Olympics and coniferous and succeeded in eliciting a response to the question. Unfortunately, I don't remember the question.

Fortunately, I have been able to find one of the original bullshit bingo games. In 1996, Al Gore was subjected to this in MIT. The cards were apparently brought to the attention of Gore before the speech. At one point during his speech, graduating Sloan School students cheered. Gore acknowledged the outburst with the question, "Did I say a buzzword?"

Plus, since we are talking corporate, here's Dilbert for you.

On another note, you can generate your own bullshit or fight it.


Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

dk2, I so lobhs yu!


Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:17:00 AM

Blogger Falstaff said...

ah, challenge CP - awesome stuff that. Though the WIMWI variant that I remember was more about using complete phrases, rather than five random words. I seem to remember this apocryphal story about someone saying "My name is Lucifer, please hold my hand" as part of a strategy discussion.

And dude! you left out back of the envelope. Did I teach you nothing?

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:32:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

J.A.P., there are times when DK2 finds himself speechless. This is one of those!!

Falstaff, back of the envelope is so 20th century. Back of Gmail just doesn't have the same ring.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:54:00 PM

Blogger eve's lungs said...

Journeyed to this vide link in JAP's blog - great - and will be used to death

Monday, September 04, 2006 12:36:00 AM

Anonymous wimpy said...

hmmmm somehow our batch didn't come close... best we did was "movie CP" in some guest lectures. like one guy said "india's problems today mainly lie in sex, lies and videotape" and such stuff... there was an elaborate points system in place also...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006 11:02:00 PM

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