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