Have you ever been asked an absurd question?

Of course you have!

Today, I’m talking (and graphing) about a specific genre of absurd question — the type that is looking for a quantitative response. I noticed a trend, recently, that the more absurd the question is, the less accurate the answer will be.

Case in point: A common absurd question asked by clients is “How long will it take to find and fix all of the bugs in the application?” Obviously, most bugs are unforeseen (or else they wouldn’t be there!!) and thus impossible to accurately estimate. This type of absurd question, if answered at all, will usually yield a very inaccurate answer.

Absurd Questions = Inaccurate Answers

Brian Shaler - Absurd Questions = Inaccurate Answers

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13 Responses to “Have you ever been asked an absurd question?”

  1. Dycacian Says:

    Sounds like when you are asked if it was possible for one dev to recreate MS Office in a year. And then, they ask how much you would have done by years end if it took longer than a year.

  2. Ed Says:

    Exactly how many more of these crappy graphs will we be subjected to?

    Just kiddin’; love the graphs! Keep ‘em comin’!

  3. Brian Says:

    Ed, as long as I have fun making them, I’ll keep posting them!

    Whether society wants them or not! >:-)

  4. SimBeSim Says:

    Dear Brian, so let’s talk about absurd
    and s*** like brains
    and nonsence like love.

    Cause it looks like you have a head not only for baseball,
    and I too do often hurt my brains and let them work
    while I sit to jerk me off in front of computer.

    Stupid is me, not?

    I am Sim male from Eindhoven Netherlands and I was born on
    13.02.1979 and have made it till 16 years old.

    And decided to stay at that age cause I kinda like.

    So the most natural way to talk with you if you turn out to wish
    is of course Windows Live Messenger aka MSN Messenger
    and here is my MSN adress

    Though if you do want to talk but not want to switch your IM program
    then if you let me know what program you use I wil care myself to get in touch with you.

    And sorry for my f***ed-up english, it’s because of long not having used it though if we start talking over a month or two I will be just as english as you are only still f***ed-up, cause it’s the way of my thinking is very different from what you know.

    Be a good boy and me too.

  5. Chris Says:

    Dang this graph is crappy. ;-)

  6. Medullaman Says:

    Another fun graph! I think I enjoy these comments almost as much as the graphs.

    “Be a good boy and me too.”

    I think I mght change my email sig to this.

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