That’s awesome!!! So here’s how I think it went:HOW THINGS REALLY GET BUILT
A short screenplay by @baugustine . No Accountants were hurt or maimed in the filming of this movie 🤓
Scene Opens in a non-descript conference room, somewhere in Japan...
SALES/MARKETING: “We sold 629,000 units last year worldwide, but our competitors, especially the other Japanese brands, have really upped the ante with their latest offerings. We need to come out with something new to entice both new buyers into our dealers as well as convince existing customers they need to trade up”
ENGINEERING: “We can’t do that, we are short personnel and our budget just got slashed for new development”
FINANCE: “Can’t you just paint it a new color, put some stripes on it, and call it “new”? We’ve already amortized this thing out and don’t want to invest in anything that is not a sure thing”
SALES/MARKETING: “Are you kidding me? Our customers are smart, especially with this internet thing not going away. They’ll know we‘re just being cheap and trying to pull a fast one on them”
FINANCE: “Engineering, if we allocate a few million Yen to upgrade this platform, what you can deliver?”
ENGINEERING: “We’re going to need some time to study this, come up with some breakthroughs. We’ll report back in a few months what we think may be possible.”
SALES/MARKETING: “What? We don’t have time to waste studying this, we need to get building it. Our competitors are all over our backsides right now [Ed: I don’t think most Japanese use foul language. That’s the most pissed they can appear]
ENGINEERING: ”You’ll need to give us some direction on what the customer wants so we can develop a comprehensive plan to design, test and implement”
FINANCE: “Sales- just how many more of these will you sell if we allocate this development funding?”
SALES/MARKETING: ”That depends on when Engineering can deliver. We need to add the latest technologies to stay competitive, and keep the retail price about where it is so we don’t spook the customer”
FINANCE Department all soil themselves at this point. Show look of utter fear and embarrassment on their faces
FINANCE: “We need an accurate sales forecast of what will be sold so we can get Executive Management approval for this expenditure.”
SALES/MARKETING: “We can only project what we may sell if we do not do this needed upgrade. We also will suggest a 23% reduction in sales next year if we do not make any changes”
FINANCE Department all throw up in their mouths.
ENGINEERING: ”How about we just make it lighter, use more expensive components inside the engine and raise the redline?”
SALES/MARKETING: “That’s not new. That’s just a slight improvement in existing design”
FINANCE: “Engineering, that sounds lIke a great plan, lets do that instead. Oh, and put some stripes on it”
SALES/MARKETING pretends they are happy, because that’s what Japanese do when they are at an impasse. FINANCE directs Engineering to work more with less and Executive Management gets a big bonus for being Thrifty with the shareholders investment. And oh, BTW, the customer is told to trade in for the new model, because the old one they just paid off is now yesterday’s news. Time to call the motojournalists to start “leaking” the details....
Honda Sales: we sell 500 600RRs a year and haven’t substantially changed anything since 2007. What can we do to sell more? Yamaha sells 3x as many R6’s as we do since they added a bunch of electronic stuff to it.
Engineering: Sure, we can add that but it’ll add to the costs to make it by 25%.
Sales: Will it be faster?
Financial: How many more can we sell if they are electronicy and raise the price to cover the expenses?
Sales: Maybe 100 first year, 10 every year after.
Finance: Well thats not much return on investment. Who’s most likely to buy?
Sales: Japan, probably.
Corporate: Lets sell it there.