Deliverables - one kryptonite rock to kill supermanLast week you were an entry-level computer programmer at Webco Industries bringing home a cool $143.80 a week. After getting busted by Ross The Boss for pilfering half-cents out of the payroll computers you are suddenly his denial-of-service expert. All he asks you to do is one simple thing: kill Superman.

After a short discussion on requirements, Ross The Boss instructs you to contact the Vulcan satellite and order it to search through outer space where Krypton went bye-bye. Then the laser probe simply locks onto a floating chunk of Kryptonite, the computer analyzes the components and the boys down in the lab duplicate the stuff down here. When the lab technician hands you an odd looking rock on a piece of continuous-form paper, he is giving you the deliverables.

The goal might be to kill Superman, but in the technical roadmap meeting you were given the action item of prototyping a piece of Kryptonite. It’s not your fault the Webco mainframe came back with an incomplete analysis.


PLUTONIUM … 15.08%

TANTALUM … 18.00%

XENON … 27.71%


DALIUM … 10.62%

MERCURY … 4.08%

UNKNOWN … 0.57%

Unknown? Unknown. Nobody knows what it is. Like that chicken in the bucket thing, where everybody tries to steal the secret recipe, but nobody knows what it is. Because it’s “unknown.” You might as well guess and say TAR … 0.57%, it’s not like the guy is going to smoke the stuff.

So now you have your deliverables, and you hand it to the end-user, but this Man of Steel just looks oddly at the rock and says, “Thank you.” So it didn’t kill him. Who cares? You can check off your action item. The deliverables were delivered.