Wednesday, 18 April 2007

On asking a silly question...

From an assignment in an introductory statistics course I'm taking (I've probably done bonehead stats twice before, but they don't ask me to write programme requirements, and, what the hell, it's easier than something that requires actual research):

"When your experiment is complete, describe a simple way of presenting your results to management."

I couldn't restrain myself.

A simple way of presenting results to management after the experiment will probably involve Powerpoint, heavy on the graphics and animation, and light on actual data or content, produced by some idiot who gets paid more than me, or so experience suggests. Leaving this completely aside for the moment...

I wonder if I'll get any credit for throwing realism into my answers...


bekitty said...

I'm reminded of a certain Dilbert cartoon, where the concept of the "executive summary" is explained to him.
As in: whatever you say must be expressed in three bulletpoints. And they are to be as non-threatening as possible.

I seem to remember that Dilbert's three points were as follows:

1.) Oxygen is good.
2.) Competition is bad.
3.) I like jello.

Anonymous said...

thank you, I remember that Dilbert too, but somehow I googled "grass is green," and I need the punchline -- which was "Can you make that less technical."