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I'm not sure about worst excuse ever, but one I've heard a lot recently that's pretty awful is some variation of, "we just did what the data indicated." I actually first learned Perl to essentially do some low level Data Science type of stuff, but I quickly realized the individuals who were asking me to do it (middle managers and low level executives) weren't so much interested in finding out what the data said, but more so in figuring out which data to look at and which to ignore to reinforce their already formulated conclusions when they presented them up the chain of command (higher level executives) to indicate their department is doing a super great job, or whatever.

I got pretty tired of being asked to tweak little things, change how this is measured going forward, or update the calculation to include/exclude things to bolster the numbers in favor of some individual's argument.

I'm not in the same position under the same folks anymore (thankfully), but I still have this Dilbert tacked to my wall as a reminder.

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In reply to Re: The worst excuse I have ever heard is: by perldigious
in thread The worst excuse I have ever heard is: by davies

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