I was working on a computer project with about forty developers. Things were going badly, and we routinely gathered at lunchtime to complain about everything that was wrong. One of our number was a Ukrainian émigré – ten years in the US – with a fine English vocabulary, good enough to “get” a joke about Holsteins and Guernseys. Gregory often carried a dictionary and constantly improved his word knowledge.
One day we decided what was wrong with our project: too many chiefs and not enough indians. Hearing this, Gregory grew puzzled. The project manager was from India, so was the hardware designer and two of the programmers; why did we think there were not enough Indians?