Marketeers vs. Engineers
The key to any successful company is synergy. For many corporations, their operation is divided into two main tasks:
- Create the Product
- Sell the Product
- Dilbert daily illustrates the eternal conflict between the dorky and misanthropic Engineers against the technologically illiterate Marketeers.
- The Discworld novel Going Postal pits the Board of the clacks company against the lone engineer left, Mr. Pony. The Board wins the battles but Mr. Pony gets the reader's sympathy, as he's actually trying to make the clacks work with a minimum of bloodshed, while the Board (especially Reacher Gilt) is only interested in squeezing it for as much money as it's worth.
Truth in Television
- A large number of companies in the Dot-Com Bubble had accrued massive amounts of investment capital without solid products to rely on.