Lies, damn lies, and …

…statistics.

My agency is a defendant in a lawsuit, and my group is responsible for the technical work. So we have a list of several important tasks to do. What’s top of the list? Adding up all the degrees and years of experience in the entire group to impress the plaintiff and judge.  Wow! Hundreds of years!

Oddly, that same reasoning–that more experience means more competence and a better product–doesn’t seem to apply to individuals. The more experienced staff is pushed to the side while the inexperienced and those with proven incompetence are put in charge.

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