This is the story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

Consequently, it wound up that Nobody told Anybody, so Everybody blamed Somebody.

By Nick Malik

Former CIO and present Strategic Architect, Nick Malik is a Seattle based business and technology advisor with over 30 years of professional experience in management, systems, and technology. He is the co-author of the influential paper "Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture" with Dr. Brian Cameron that effectively defined modern Enterprise Architecture practices, and he is frequent speaker at public gatherings on Enterprise Architecture and related topics. He coauthored a book on Visual Storytelling with Martin Sykes and Mark West titled "Stories That Move Mountains".

4 thoughts on “Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody”
  1. how could Nobody realize that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  when nobody already did it ??

    and shame on Everybody by the way to blame Somebody who was defending Everybody’s intrest against Nobody :)))

  2. if everybody did the job anybody could have done, nobody would not have told anybody, so that somebody  would not have been blamed !

  3. if everybody did the job anybody could have done, nobody would not have told anybody, so that somebody  would not have been blamed !

  4. if everybody did the job anybody could have done, nobody would not have told anybody, so that somebody  would not have been blamed !

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