The only silly question is the one that doesn’t get asked


I like this. It’s very true. Just a few weeks ago I had a challenge on one of the projects I worked on – not only capture the business requirements of the project, but also to understand what I write. Once I dived into the gathering of the requirements I realized that there were many things that I didn’t know about what Business really does and wants. So I went and asked other members of the team who worked on the project for a while now and to my surprise they didn’t know much either.

Many times, during the drafting of requirements and throughout document iterations I felt not less than…shall we say silly. I can remember the confused looks of my colleagues when I asked some of the questions! And that wasn’t a confortable feeling. Did you ever have the feeling that everybody around you knows more than you do but when you go and ask them a question you realize that’s not the case?

Or should we use Google before asking dumb questions?

Tell you what – asking silly questions always helped me in my career because I got to find or discover things that other people don’t think about or don’t ask out of fear of being silly. I don’t really care if people think I’m silly, at the end of the day I know stuff and they don’t.

Yes, the only silly question is the one that doesn’t get asked. You got it Mark!

Mark Rewhorn is a six-sigma certified trainer and owner of European Business Improvements, based in UK.

Photo credits: Andreia on flickr.com – thanks!

One response to “The only silly question is the one that doesn’t get asked

  1. I would push it to extreme, actually. Asking questions is as vital as an engine for a car, if you do QA or BA. No questions, no progress.
    Too many questions? No such thing, if you know how to ask them.
    Silly questions? Well, the worst case scenario is that someone is going to laugh at you. The rewards are fantastic though.
    Good topic, keep ’em coming!

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