@fredriley: the uh-oh from Alice gives it away: I suspect the projects don't finish early because of increased productivity, but because of creative reporting, i.e.: the projects haven't been done, but the engineers have gone to a pub to enjoy life and come up with some nice falsifications of project progress.
That's f*ckin' funny! Most Dilbert strips make me chuckle and nod my head at their distilling of essential truths of office life, but this made me spray tea over my keyboard. Oh, if only more bosses were sock puppets - productivity would increase by leaps and bounds.
Gives a literal meaning to the term "meat puppet".
The PHB could start a new trend of having engineers go with him to the executive retreat in order to carry him about. Soon, all the executives will be doing it as it will become the new status symbol for power in the company.