Each Friday at 17:00, a slackbot called Darth Vader appears in our #random chat, shares some statistics about our week in AUTO1 TECH and officially declares beer’o’clock. While the fridge is more or less filled and usable throughout the week, it is being refilled to the brim on Friday mornings by our beer enthusiast volunteers.
Some weeks ago, something terrible was discovered during breakfast, with only seven hours to go until Feierabend.
The bug was discovered by Senior Management during a coffee deployment. They immediately called for a blocking bugfix and the first responders were struck by the impeccability of this text-book critical situation.
Quickly after, nihilists and dark tourists took over the scene and waved their doomsday scenarios at the crowd or tried to ply out “funny videos” for their individual amusement only.
Considering this happened in an engineering kitchen, solution design and problem solving ingenuity kicked in quickly.
These were the contending approaches:
At this time the crowd agreed that this epic challenge could only be taken on by a single hero, as the prophecy predicted. And it was known as Beerxcalibur.
“Only the one who removeth the beer frometh the fridge can be considered the true king/queen”
More solutions came in:
While a dozen experts discussed solutions and got all excited about possibilities, constraints, KPIs and SLAs, math and physics, laws of gravity, risks and opportunities, one lonely guy without any contextual knowledge and with no video camera attached to at least four parts of his body went to get coffee, saw the bottle, opened the door just a little bit, let the bottle slowly slide down to the bottom, picked it up, sorted it into the shelf it belonged to, took a picture with his smartphone and went back to business.
The picture, once posted to the beery solution slack room, caused several people to walk through all the stages of grief.
And of course, someone had to ask the question: How many engineers do you need to fix the beer fridge.
The answer is: 15. Well, one. But 15 engineers helping, you know ... "Helping".
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