"I need a cost estimate on your project." "I have no idea I haven't even gathered the user requirements." "Don't worry I won't hold you to the estimate." "Yes you will. You will put it in the plan, forget we had this conversation, and fire me when I go over budget." "Give me a number or I'll fire you right now." "Okay, it will cost ten million dollars." "That's too high." "If you already know the cost why are you asking me?" "So you'll feel like you had input." "Is input supposed to feel this bad?"