A group of managers, assigned to measure the height of a flagpole, get out ladders and tape measures and head over to the pole. The job turns bad: some of them fall off the ladders, some drop their tape measures, they argue among themselves about how to go about it… a real mess.
After a while, an engineer happens to walk by and sees what’s going on. She pulls the flagpole out of the ground and lays it down. She grabs one of the tapes, measures the pole from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the managers and walks away. As she gets out of hearing range one manager turns to another and laughs as he shakes his head. "That's just like an engineer! We're looking for the height and she gives us the length!"
—From Workplace Jokes: Only SOME of Them Will Get You Fired!