An Engineered Parrot


A Play

By Anil Seth

Gurgaon, India


One of our beloved clients requires – A Parrot.

Yes … a Parrot, the bird which has a beak, 2 eyes, 2 wings and of course weight around 500 gms.

Through all procedural exercises the contract was awarded and team started the detail engineering; Yes Ladies and Gentlemen to procure and deliver a PARROT under Lump sum turnkey Contract.

For those who already know LSTK-Lump sum is a noun which means a complete payment consisting of a single sum of money while turnkey is an adjective of a product or service which means product or service will be ready to use upon delivery.

Sweets were distributed, parties were thrown and the team inaugurated the PROJECT DETAILING of the PARROT.


PM: Project Manager

EM: Engineering Manager


RE: Responsible Engineer




PM:      Team, welcome to the prestigious project. We are proud to have the team onboard which is rightly selected to acquire and deliver the customized item which has to be as per:



BEST of engineering procedures.

Or was it Project Quality, Baseline Schedule and applicable engineering procedures. Only time will tell.

PM:      Team, please ensure that we include Right Accessories, deliver the customized item (ITEM?) and none of the interfaces are left open.

We should put special focus on testing and we are confident that through our hard work and know-how will make this project a benchmark.

EM:      Team, please ensure that no specification and procedure are unturned and we deliver as per Quality (was it Project Quality?)

Lead:   We need to prepare the Material Requisition Ram, Is the draft ready?? (Shouts) IS THE DRAFT READY RAM?

RE:       Yes Boss, we have included all clauses and specification and datasheet has reference to ALL Codes and Standards.

Lead:   Hmmm! As we are engineering a Parrot first time, please do not ignore any testing and inspection criteria. Please add that NO WAIVER will be granted post order, all queries are to be addressed through prequalification notes and criteria.

Our engineering world is full of glorified words like-All, Waiver, Criteria…and what not. So the requisition weighting 10kgs with all specification and references was prepared and issued to attract the Poor Vendors.


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About the Reviewer

Anil Seth

Gurgaon, India


Mr. Anil Seth is working as Project Manager in Fluor’s Indian office at Gurgaon. Fluor Daniel India Private Limited (Fluor India) provides a full range of engineering, design, procurement, and construction management services to Indian and overseas clients. Fluor India is an established quality provider of engineering, procurement, construction management (EPC) and project management services for Fluor’s energy and chemicals, power, mining, and industrial projects, and is a key support office for Fluor facilities located in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia Pacific

Earlier to Fluor, was in Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at Faridabad, India and managing the Project Engineering Manager Portfolio for hydrocarbon projects. Before joining Larsen & Toubro Engineering and construction division he has worked for Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. He holds B.E. degree with Honors in CHEMICAL Engineering from Panjab University Chandigarh India and has also done Diploma in Environmental Management. He is certified for Harvard Manage Mentor and specializes in Building High Performance cross functional Task Force as well as Converting Breakeven Projects to Profitable scenario. He can be reached at mailto:[email protected]or [email protected]

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