I work on the top floor of a pretty typical office building except, because we're a government agency, there are locked doors all over the place and you can only get through them with a badge. From my team's space in the office, there are two directions you can use to access the Three Most Important Things in the office, which I'm sure I don't have to tell you are:
Both ways appear to be equi-distant, especially when factoring in the hallway maze, distance to the Three Most Important Things, locked door obstacles and whatnot. HOWEVER, my boss and I both argue that one way is better/faster than the other, but we disagree on which direction that better/faster way is.
So, I took a blueprint of the floor, surveyed the land, and made a more readable hand-drawn map. I walked through all the scenarios, counting steps as I went, to determine which way is better/faster.
It turns out she's right.
Apparently I prefer my way because it's the more scenic route. So I still maintain that it is better, but I can no longer maintain that it is faster.