Management Confusion

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The automated system was malfunctioning. Despite cutting-edge technological mechanisms for passive detection of and active response to frequently-changing usage patterns, it simply had not been able to cope with ongoing changes. Debates raged on email threads as to how to respond. Some proposed simplifying the system; they were derided for the quantity of user input required and the probability of escalating cost when users failed to take appropriate steps. Others proposed increasing the number of monitors in use to allow for potential uses that had not been considered when the system was designed, and were in turn derided for the additional complexity and cost to institute such a system.

Eventually, after the furor died down, the discussions ended, feelings were hurt and many excellent and complicated solutions considered, the horde of nay-sayers and optimists, all with a say in the outcome, settled on a solution. "Do what you think best," they instructed the solitary facilities engineer.

So he uninstalled the motion-detecting systems, and installed a light switch.