So I'm applying to take a certification exam, and the application is notoriously brutal. You're basically trying to correctly categorize all of your experience so that as little of it as possible is frowned upon by the certification committee (because you, say, miscategorized a peer review and put it in the wrong place). I've just spent the last week estimating and/or documenting my hours on various projects, which was, in itself, an insane process. Now I'm going through an Excel spreadsheet where everything I've ever done for every project I've ever worked on is laid out with an attendant number of hours next to it. I'm going through to see if I can remember enough of what I did to put all those hours in the application. If I estimated 40 hours on something but I can only remember 5 hours of work, I figure that'd be an issue. So far I've had no trouble figuring out what I was doing for all that time, although when you spent 200 hours doing something it puts things into horrific perspective--I guess the 14- and 16-hour days add up.
Here's the thing. If I put all this shit in the right categories and my hours are right, I almost don't think I should have to take the exam. I realize this is ludicrous. For one thing, there are things on the exam that I've never done or that I've done infrequently, and I suppose I ought to know them. But holy mackerel, if I don't know the difference between verification and validation by the time I get that application filled out, I'll be in a sorry state indeed.