On The Beach
At a neighborhood social event Ashley asked Al Enzweiler, “You’ve been going fishing almost every day lately did you get furloughed?”
Al’s response, “No, I am one of a small consulting firm’s Senior System Architects who is on the beach. On the beach is a term used by consulting firms when a consultant has completed their last client’s engagement but has not started their next client’s engagement. While I am on the beach; I spend time with my family, go fishing, stroll into downtown for good times and use the lessons learned completing the last client’s engagement to make incremental and occassionally breakthrough improvements to Enzweiler’s Architecture Team Methodology which will be used by one of the firm’s Senior System Architects to start the next client’s engagement.
I have a life that I enjoy, rewarding work that I enjoy, and my optimal life/work balance.”
What is an Architecture Team Methodology?
Ashley asked, “What is an Architecture Team Methodology?” Al’s answer, “An Architecture Team Methodology starts with one of consulting firm’s Senior System Architects using a client’s organization chart(s) and Income Statement(s) to architect Target System(s) which will be developed to go-live within small budgets being used by members of senior management team(s) to manage to consistently make their contributions to hitting earnings targets, over the very long duration their enterprise’s financial statements will be published to report earnings.”
“Holy cow, the market for Targets Systems is greater than the market for artificial intelligence, every enterprise which publishes financial statements to report earnings could use a Targets System. I am partner in a private equity firm which could raise the first round of capital used to grow your small consulting firm to become a big consulting firm,” was Ashley’s reply.
What Happens After Raising the First Round of Capital?
Al asked, “What happens after we raise the first round of capital?”
Ashley laughed and said, “That is the best part. We will use an earnings projection model to project your consulting firm’s future years’ earnings. When graphed projected future years’ earnings will resemble a hockey stick. Then we issue an IPO or sell to a SPAC, you will make billions.”
After Making Billions Then What Would I Do?
“After I make billions, then what would I do?” asked Al. Ashley thought for a minute and then said, “Well you could retire, spend time with your family, go fishing, stroll into downtown for good times, and maybe you could find some rewarding work that you enjoy so you could balance your life.”
Credit to Heinrich Böll for Al Enzweiler’s adoption of his Story of the Mexican Fisherman used to answer questions on why Enzweiler is not a big consulting firm.